Brown hurt trying to fill Owens' shoes on Eagles

Updated: July 30, 2006, 9:20 AM ET
Associated Press

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Reggie Brown, expected to battle for the Eagles' No. 1 receiver position this year, injured his hamstring in practice Saturday.

Brown limped off the field after running one pass route during training camp at Lehigh University. He spent several minutes stretching and working with a trainer before walking slowly under his own power toward the locker room.

The team would not comment on the injury. Drafted 35th overall in 2005, Brown set a franchise record last season for most receptions by a rookie wide receiver with 43.

Despite starting only the final nine games of the season, he led all NFL rookies with 571 receiving yards and ranked third with four touchdown receptions. He was expected to have a major role this season following the offseason departure of Terrell Owens.

Other than Brown and veteran Todd Pinkston, the Eagles' receivers remain largely unheralded. Veterans Greg Lewis, Jabar Gaffney and Darnerien McCants are trying to make big impressions at camp, along with rookies Hank Baskett, Jason Avant and Jeremy Bloom.

Pinkston is coming off a torn Achilles that forced him to miss all of 2005. Lewis and Gaffney have nine career touchdowns between them, and McCants has caught a total of 10 passes over the last two seasons.

After Brown left the field Saturday, Baskett caught several passes from quarterback Donovan McNabb, who seems to be gaining confidence in the undrafted rookie.

Tight end L.J. Smith, also expected to be one of McNabb's main targets, missed his third straight practice Saturday with a sprained shoulder, while Bloom and Avant remain day-to-day with minor injuries.

Defensive end Jevon Kearse missed Saturday morning's practice with inflammation in his right knee and his return is listed as day-to-day.

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