Pinkston injured running sideline route

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Philadelphia Eagles wide
receiver Todd Pinkston ruptured an Achilles tendon in practice Friday and is out
for the season.

Pinkston injured his right ankle when he was tripped up on a
route down the sideline. He remained down for several minutes
before limping to the medical tent. A few hours after the injury,
the team said he was out for the season.

The injury is a blow to the Eagles, who aren't deep at wide
receiver. Receiver Terrell Owens, day-to-day with left groin
inflammation, did not practice Friday morning.

"We feel bad from a team standpoint for Todd," coach Andy Reid
said. "He worked very hard this offseason. 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

"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 the team will not look to sign another receiver.

"We're fine," he said.

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.

"Todd is one of the closest friends I have on the team, and I
feel bad for him for all the work he's put in this offseason,"
Lewis said. "But injuries take place in this game, and the team
has to get in there. Somebody has to step up and make plays."

The team also has 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's practice. The team said he had a bone bruise to
his right knee.

After practice, Buckhalter limped out of the team's workout
facility and, before getting into his car, said his knee was sore.

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.