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Friday, October 1, 2004
Hall returns to Chiefs practice

Associated Press

Philadelphia Eagles: Fullback Josh Parry likely will be the starting fullback against Chicago, filling the void created by Jon Ritchie's season-ending knee injury, coach Andy Reid said. It would be the first career start for Parry, who has been cut twice already this year by the Eagles.

A four-year starter at San Jose State, Parry first signed with the Eagles as a free agent in 2001. He was cut that summer, re-signed later in the year and played with Frankfurt of NFL Europe. He again was released during training camp in 2002, but re-signed in 2003.

Parry caught five passes for 68 yards this preseason, but was among the final cuts on Sept. 1. He returned to the practice squad but was cut last week, only to come back Monday.

Parry took most of the reps this week over rookie Thomas Tapeh, who was inactive during the last two games.

Kansas City Chiefs: The stitches came out of Dante Hall's infected lower lip and the Pro Bowl kick returner was back at practice. Hall said he expected to be back to full speed in time for Monday night's game at Baltimore.

"People have been telling me not to give them any lip," Hall said with a laugh.

The swelling had subsided considerably after the seven stitches were removed. Hall hurt the lip early in last Sunday's game against Houston. When the Chiefs (0-3) returned to practice Thursday after taking two days off, the lip had become so swollen and infected it hurt just to run.

One of Hall's five touchdown returns last year was a 97-yarder against the Ravens, which made the difference in a 17-10 Chiefs win.

He hasn't brought one back for a touchdown in the first three games this season, but against the Texans last week he had three kickoff returns for 108 yards.

Green Bay Packers: A woman sued fullback Najeh Davenport, saying he invaded her privacy by breaking into her dorm room and defecating in her closet.

Mary McCarthy was seeking more than $15,000 in damages for emotional distress and invasion of privacy in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Florida Circuit Court.

Criminal charges were settled in October 2002 when Davenport agreed to perform community service. He denied breaking into the Barry University dormitory.

According to police, Davenport entered a dorm room at the small Catholic university in suburban Miami in the early morning hours of April 1, 2002.

Mary McCarthy, asleep in the room, told police she was startled awake by a strange sound and saw a man squatting in her closet. The man, later identified as Davenport, had defecated in her laundry basket, police said.

The suit said Davenport's conduct was "so outrageous in character and so extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency and, further, can only be deemed atrocious and utterly intolerable in a civilized community."

McCarthy's attorney and Davenport's agent did not immediately return phone messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

New York Jets: Left tackle Jason Fabini was downgraded to questionable with a sore back, leaving his status in doubt for this weekend's game against the Dolphins.

Fabini had been listed as probable, but he didn't practice all week. The seventh-year pro hasn't missed a game since 1999, when he sustained a season-ending knee injury in the ninth game of the season.

If Fabini can't play or is limited, Brent Smith would see extended time. Smith started at guard last season, but can play both positions.