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Wounded Eagles DE to miss four weeks

By Associated Press
Published July 31, 2005

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle is expected to miss at least four weeks while recovering from a gunshot wound, the team said Saturday.

McDougle was shot in the stomach by armed robbers late Thursday in southwest Miami, police said Friday.

The Eagles said he be in the hospital for another five to seven days after surgery. McDougle, a first-round pick in 2003 who was plagued by injuries in his first two seasons, was projected to be a starter this season.

Also, Donovan McNabb would rather exchange high-fives with Terrell Owens instead of harsh words.

McNabb said he doesn't need to work out any differences with Owens, though the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback and the All-Pro wide receiver squabbled during Philadelphia's tumultuous offseason.

"Everything is going to be fine," McNabb said. "I know you guys (media) are looking for a story, for us to start fighting or stuff like that. Sorry if I don't give that to you, but I'm just going to be me."

Jaguars missing one old, one new cog

The Jaguars opened camp without first-round draft pick Matt Jones and with running back Fred Taylor nursing his surgically repaired left knee.

Jones, a quarterback at Arkansas who is moving to receiver, has yet to sign. The 21st overall selection also missed most of minicamp and several summer workouts with a sprained left hamstring.

The oft-injured Taylor had surgery in January to repair two partly torn ligaments in his left knee and was limited in practice.

He cut gingerly, ran with a noticeable limp and wore a protective brace.

"I thought I made some pretty good strides," Taylor said. "Of course, I need to get better in order to be where I'm used to or where I left off. I had a pretty severe injury, but I'm making strides and hopefully this thing will turn around soon."

BROWNS: Rookie wide receiver and first-round pick Braylon Edwards missed the first day of practice in full pads a day after the team sent a new proposal, its third, to agent Lamont Smith.

Also, the club is offering to restructure Kellen Winslow Jr.'s contract, allowing him to recoup some of his financial losses. The club declined to pay the tight end a $2-million roster bonus because he violated a "dangerous activities" clause in his contract when he wrecked his motorcycle May 1. He's out for the season with injuries from that accident.

CHIEFS: Will Shields missed practice with back trouble and coach Dick Vermeil said he's concerned about the 10-time Pro Bowl guard. Shields, a 13-year veteran, debated during the offseason about whether to retire or play one more year.

COWBOYS: Nine-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Larry Allen was placed on the physically unable to perform list after failing the team's conditioning test. Coach Bill Parcells didn't say how long it would be before Allen would start going through drills.

DOLPHINS: Rookie defensive tackle Manuel Wright returned to practice four days after he was publicly scolded by coach Nick Saban and left the field in tears. "It was a tough week, but that's part of being a professional," Wright said. "You have to learn how to overcome things. Things like that are fuel in the gas tank for me."

Also, offensive tackle Stockar McDougle returned to practice after the shooting of his brother, Jerome McDougle.

GIANTS: Wide receiver Plaxico Burress was taken off the field during the team's first practice, but the injury was diagnosed as a hyperextended right knee and he was back for afternoon practice.

LIONS: Charles Rogers and Boss Bailey, the top of Detroit's 2003 draft class, were back in pads for the first time in almost a year after missing last season with injuries. The coaching staff is limiting Bailey him to one practice a day while it monitors his right knee. Rogers played one offensive series last year before breaking his right collarbone - for the second time - at Chicago.

JETS: Terry Butler signed and fellow running back Vick King retired. Linebacker Kenyatta Wright on the physically unable to perform list.

PANTHERS: Stephen Davis, recovering from microfracture surgery on his right knee, was unable to practice on the first day. He said he's targeting the third preseason game as his return date.

RAIDERS: Running back Travian Smith was waived.

REDSKINS: Veteran linebacker Mike Barrow was waived and safety Andre Lott was let go after agreeing to an injury settlement.

SAINTS: Drew Rosenhaus, the agent for Mike McKenzie, said the cornerback agreed to deal worth about $22-million for the next five seasons.

[Last modified July 31, 2005, 01:32:21]


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