Sunday, September 23, 2007

Dawkins out for Birds

By Eric Redner
The Phanatic Magazine

The Philadelphia Eagles will be without tight end L.J. Smith, safety Brian Dawkins and cornerback Lito Sheppard for Sunday's game against Detroit.

Smith underwent surgery Friday to clean out scar tissue surrounding his injured groin. In the offseason, he had a sports hernia surgery, but strained his groin during training camp. He has posted just 26 yards on four receptions over the Eagles' first two games. Taking Smith's place against the Lions will be veteran Matt Schobel and rookie Brent Celek.

On the defensive side, free safety Brian Dawkins, who suffered a neck stinger while tackling Todd Yoder and was forced out of Monday's game, will be sitting out the contest along with cornerback Lito Sheppard, who is missing his second straight game with a knee injury.

Quintin Mikell will start in place of Dawkins while Will James is taking Sheppard's spot.

In some good news, though, for Philadelphia, running back Brian Westbrook will play in the game.

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