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Eagles: A thin receiving corps received a major blow when starter Todd Pinkston was lost for the season Friday with a ruptured right Achilles' tendon. Pinkston was injured when he was tripped on a route down the sideline. He remained down for several minutes before limping to the medical tent. The Eagles were practicing without All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens. He's day-to-day with left groin inflammation. "We feel bad from a team standpoint for Todd," coach Andy Reid said. "He worked very hard this off-season. He was having a heck of a camp, and it's a shame this happened." The six-year veteran averaged 18.8 yards per catch, third in the league. "For a guy that doesn't complain, that works extremely hard and really never receives credit for the things that he does for this team ... it's tough," quarterback Donovan McNabb said. "We've all been injured, but this kind of an injury, with surgery -- you never know what can happen afterwards." Reid said third-year pro Greg Lewis will move into Pinkston's spot on the first team. Last year, Lewis had 17 receptions for 183 yards in limited action and also caught a touchdown pass in the Super Bowl. The Eagles also have Billy McMullen, a third-round pick in 2003. Rookie Reggie Brown had been competing with McMullen to be the fourth receiver. Running back Correll Buckhalter also went down with a leg injury in the morning practice. The team said he had a bone bruise. Buckhalter missed all of last season after tearing a tendon in his right knee during the preseason. He missed all of the 2002 season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in minicamp.
Cowboys: Marcus Spears, one of two first-round draft picks considered potential defensive starters, could miss a month after spraining his right knee and ankle and pulling his groin. Spears, a defensive lineman, got up limping after a play during 11-on-11 drills and went to the sideline. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said team doctors told him that Spears would need four weeks of rehabilitation for the sprained knee, during which time the other injuries also should heal.
Cardinals: Wide receiver Anquan Boldin is expected to miss two to three weeks of practice after breaking his nose. "I would think he's going to be out at least two preseason games," coach Dennis Green said Friday at camp in Prescott, Ariz. "We're just happy that it's not real serious -- there's a lot of pain, obviously. And he should be as good as new." Boldin, who also burst a blood vessel in his nose, was at camp Friday in street clothes and had an adhesive bandage on his nose. He said doctors realigned his nose. Boldin will be re-evaluated on Wednesday.
Jets: Quarterback Chad Pennington was held out of practice for the second time in three days as he rested his surgically repaired right shoulder. Pennington, held out Wednesday by coach Herman Edwards after practicing for five straight days, threw some sharp passes in the team's session Thursday night. He was 9-of-17 during the practice, including 6-of-11 in 11-on-11 drills. More important, Pennington showed some zip on a few passes -- something that had been generally lacking the first few days of camp. Edwards said he planned to have Pennington participate in the Jets' workout with the Giants in Albany, N.Y., on Saturday.
Raiders: Injured wide receiver Jerry Porter will not play Oakland's preseason opener against San Francisco while he recovers from a pulled hamstring. Porter was hurt during a team scrimmage Monday. The sixth-year receiver limped off the field and an exam revealed the damage. Coach Norv Turner and Porter initially downplayed the severity of the injury, but the coach updated the prognosis Friday and said Porter might return to practice late next week but would not play Aug. 13. Porter led the Raiders with 64 catches for 998 yards and nine touchdowns, falling just short of his first 1,000-yard season. His receptions were a career high, and he scored three touchdowns in a game twice.
Titans: Negotiations with Tennessee's top draft pick Adam "Pacman" Jones are stalled, and Titans general manager Floyd Reese isn't sure when a deal for cornerback will be reached. Reese was optimistic Thursday after receiving a counter proposal from agent Michael Huyghue and thought the sides were close enough to conclude a contract quickly. But it wasn't to be. The general manager said Jones' agent wants to address the language of the contract first. The Titans have said they want to include clauses to protect themselves. Jones, the sixth pick overall in the draft, has a court date Thursday on vandalism and two misdemeanor assault charges. Huyghue has declined to discuss specific details of the negotiations.
49ers: Receiver P.J. Fleck was taken by ambulance to Stanford Hospital after a practice collision. Fleck was hit by linebacker Jamie Winborn during 7-on-7 passing drills and was on the ground about 15 minutes while trainers and paramedics attended to him. Fleck was taped onto a backboard and placed on a gurney and wheeled to an ambulance. He was diagnosed with a back sprain and later released. "It scared me to death," Winborn said. "It scared everybody. To be honest with you, it scared me so bad I can't even remember what happened.