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NFC: Ram might not get chance for redemption

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Published August 7, 2004

MACOMB, Ill. - Jimmy Kennedy, the top pick in 2003, was diagnosed with a broken right foot and could miss the season.

The 330-pound defensive tackle was hurt Thursday during a noncontact one-on-one pass-rush drill against the Bears. Kennedy was planting his foot to make a cut when he went down.

The injury was not initially believed to be serious, but an exam revealed the break. Kennedy will have surgery next week and miss 3-4 months.

Kennedy, picked 12th, showed up for 2003 camp overweight and played only sparingly, making 10 tackles in 13 games.

Things had been looking up, though. New defensive coordinator Larry Marmie was allowing Kennedy to play at 330 pounds, closer to his playing weight at Penn State. Former coordinator Lovie Smith ordered Kennedy to play at about 305.

"Jimmy had been working hard and getting better all the time," Marmie said. "He could have been in the rotation."

EAGLES: Several did not practice, including: safety Brian Dawkins (knee), center Alonzo Ephraim (hamstring), tight end Ronnie Ghent (concussion), receiver Greg Lewis (undisclosed), defensive end Jerome McDougle (shoulder), defensive tackle Darwin Walker (hamstring), linebacker Nate Wayne (ankle) and receiver Jerome Leslie (knee).

Linebacker Ike Reese (knee), defensive end Corey Simon (foot) and guard Jermane Mayberry (hamstring) tried to practice before coach Andy Reid sent them off for more rehab.

FALCONS: Quarterback Michael Vick dressed in pads but didn't take part in drills. He hurt his right hamstring scrambling Thursday but isn't expected to miss significant time.

Also, tight end Alge Crumpler will sit out today's scrimmage as a precaution after an MRI on his sore left knee revealed a bruise.

GIANTS: Linebacker Carlos Emmons missed his third straight practice because of pain in his left leg, which he broke late last season. But Emmons downplayed it, saying doctors told him he occasionally would have swelling.

PANTHERS: Receiver Muhsin Muhammad was diagnosed with a compound fracture of his right ring finger and is expected to miss several practices. Muhammad, who had 54 catches for 837 yards and three touchdowns last season, left practice Thursday after a ball deflected off his finger.

REDSKINS: Linebacker LaVar Arrington didn't practice because of a bruise on his lower left leg, and linebacker Mike Barrow aggravated an injury to his left knee. But coach Joe Gibbs said he expects both to be fine.

SAINTS: Receiver Devery Henderson became the last pick to sign. The second-rounder, who had 53 catches for 861 yards and 11 touchdowns for LSU last season, got a four-year deal.

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