PHILADELPHIA -- Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard
is expected to miss at least one game for the Eagles with a
sprained knee ligament.
An MRI exam Monday confirmed Sheppard has a sprained medial
collateral ligament. The Eagles host the Washington Redskins next
"I don't think he'll make it this week," coach Andy Reid said.
Will James would replace Sheppard in the starting lineup, and
Joselio Hanson would fill the nickel spot.
Sheppard has a knack for making big plays, but he's had trouble
staying on the field. He missed six games in 2005 with a badly
sprained ankle that required surgery, sat out three games early
last season with another ankle injury and didn't play in the
playoff loss to New Orleans after hurting his elbow.
He earned his second trip to Hawaii last year, making two
game-clinching interceptions in the final minutes of wins over
Dallas and Carolina.
Sheppard sealed Philadelphia's 38-24 victory over the Cowboys
last October by picking off Drew Bledsoe's pass and running 102
yards for a touchdown, becoming the first player in NFL history to
have two 100-yard interception returns for scores. His other one
was 101 yards against Dallas in '04.
In December, Sheppard intercepted Jake Delhomme's pass in the
end zone to give the Eagles a 27-24 victory over the Panthers. He
finished with a career-best six interceptions in 13 games.
A first-round pick in 2002, Sheppard and Sheldon Brown replaced
veteran cornerbacks Troy Vincent and Bobby Taylor following the
2003 season. Sheppard was an All-Pro in '04, helping the Eagles
reach the Super Bowl. He has 15 career interceptions, including
three returned for TDs.