Sheppard ruled out of divisional game vs. Saints

Updated: January 8, 2007, 11:13 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard will miss Saturday's second-round playoff game against New Orleans with a dislocated right elbow.

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2006 SEASON STATISTICS
Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
30 25 5 0 0 6

Sheppard was injured going for a tackle on a running play in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 23-20 victory over the New York Giants. He was replaced by Rod Hood.

William James, who was inactive against the Giants, will take Sheppard's roster spot and join Hood, Sheldon Brown and Joselio Hanson in the secondary.

Should the Eagles advance, it's possible Sheppard could return to the lineup.

"It's a little tricky," coach Andy Reid said Monday. "This week for sure he won't be back. We'll see down the road, if there is a down the road."

Sheppard missed three games with an ankle injury in September, but had six interceptions and earned his second trip to the Pro Bowl.

The Eagles already are without five-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb and three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jevon Kearse.

McNabb (knee) went down in Week 11 and Kearse (knee) has been sidelined since Week 2.


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