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Owens is out of action for Eagles with groin injury

Disgruntled All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens isn't faking a groin injury, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid says.

Owens left the morning practice after injuring his left groin yesterday and did not return for the team's afternoon workout in Bethlehem, Pa.

''It's a legitimate injury," Reid said. ''This guy would never do that. He's not that type of guy. He would never go in that direction."

Owens is still hoping the Eagles will redo his contract. He's beginning the second season of a seven-year deal worth nearly $49 million.

Reid said groin problems are a chronic condition for Owens.

''I'm being cautious with it," Reid said. ''I don't want it to get worse. It's a constant battle."

During the morning practice, Owens walked to the medical tent before being carted off the field. Reid said he's day-to-day.

False start

Jamal Lewis's return to the Ravens has hit a snag over technicalities regarding his probation on a federal drug conspiracy charge. The former All-Pro running back was released Tuesday from an Atlanta halfway house. He was expected to report to the Ravens yesterday, but his attorney, Jerome Froelich, said Lewis has to meet with his probation officer in Atlanta. ''I'm going to have to bite my tongue on this one," Baltimore coach Brian Billick said at camp in Westminster, Md. ''We'll continue to deal with the process that he has to deal with. It seems to be ever-changing at times." . . . Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokley dislocated his left shoulder during practice for the American Bowl in Japan and could be sidelined up to four weeks. Stokley, who caught Peyton Manning's record-setting 49th touchdown pass last year, might miss Indianapolis's regular-season opener against Baltimore Sept. 11 . . . Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin's nose was broken in practice, but he's expected to return before the regular season begins . . . Panthers safety Mike Minter was taken off the practice field with a sprained left knee. The extent of the injury will not be known until today . . . Dolphins video coordinator Dave Hack was shaken up after lightning struck near where he was working atop a tower during Miami's afternoon practice in Davie, Fla. Hack, who has worked in the team's video department for 32 years, was treated but not hospitalized. The strike hit about 40 minutes into a planned two-hour workout, the remainder of which was canceled . . . Broncos' injury-prone defensive lineman Courtney Brown dislocated his left elbow and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks . . . The Seahawks traded cornerback Kris Richard to the Dolphins for defensive end Ronald Flemons.

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