Wednesday, August 03, 2005

The heat is on at Lehigh

From Marc Narducci:

Other than the ongoing Terrell Owens watch, the other story at the Eagles' first full-squad workout this morning was the scorching, mid-90's heat and high humidity at the Lehigh University practice facility.

Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard said the heat got to him; he had to leave practice early. The Florida native was taken aback by the conditions.

"It was pretty hot," he said. "I got out later myself (to cool down), but you have to expect this heat and keep on pushing."

Running back Correll Buckhalter also had to have his body temperature cooled down, but declared himself "fine." Wide receiver Greg Lewis limped off the field with a cramp.

Bumps and bruises

Defensive tackle Sam Rayburn hyperextended his elbow. Head coach Andy Reid said he is day-to-day. Guard-center Jamaal Jackson is being evaluated for a triceps injury. Rookie linebacker Matt McCoy sat out the morning session with a strained right medial collateral knee ligament. Cornerback Matt Ware sat out with a right knee injury, but said it was nothing serious.

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T.O. snubs teammate Hugh Douglas

From Ashley McGeachy Fox:

While the other Eagles veterans joked on the sideline yesterday during a special-teams drill at the end of practice, Terrell Owens knelt away from the fray, quiet and alone. Apparently, he wanted to stay that way.

But the jovial Hugh Douglas, a vocal team leader, approached Owens, essentially extending his hand to the man who has caused such a stir with his contract demands. Owens hardly looked at the defensive end as he got up and walked away, leaving the brushed-off Douglas less than happy.

"I was just trying to be nice," Douglas said later, after Jeremiah Trotter calmed him down, told him to give Owens some time, and promised to talk to the disgruntled wide receiver.

"He's in a situation where he's trying to get something done, so he's probably a little upset. In a situation like that, I think the best thing to do is give him some space and let him work it out."

Despite cordial statements after a brief meeting with team officials, things between Owens and the Eagles are far from nice.

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McDougle released from hospital

From Bob Brookover

Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle got a double dose of good news yesterday.

In addition to being released from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami at 5:30 p.m., McDougle learned that police have arrested and charged three suspects in connection with his shooting, which took place in Southwest Miami late Thursday.

David V. Shatz, the hospital trauma surgeon who first attended to McDougle after he was shot in the abdomen, released a statement with a positive prognosis for the defensive end.

"He will recover fully and be able to go back to training in about six weeks," Shatz said.

"We are happy that Jerome has been released from the hospital today and has taken another step on his road to recovery," the Eagles said in a statement. "Our doctors have been in continual contact with the doctors in Miami. Jerome has been very thankful and grateful for all the prayers and concerns his friends, teammates and fans have displayed over the last few days."

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