August 5, 2005

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Receiver Todd Pinkston and running back Correll Buckhalter both left Friday morning's practice with injuries. Pinkston suffered an Achilles injury and will undergo an MRI. Buckhalter, who has lost two seasons due to knee injuries, once again hurt his knee.
Both injuries occurred during the team's live period. First, Buckhalter came up limping after a run between the tackles. He was examined a short time on the sideline before being taken to the trainer's tent for further examination. A short time later, Pinkston got tangled with cornerback Matt Ware while going for a pass down the left sideline. Pinkston got up briefly, but then laid down and awaited medical attention.

For Buckhalter, Friday's injury is the latest setback in a four-year career that has been marred by injuries. The extent of Friday's injury is not known,

Buckhalter inked a two-year deal during the offseason in hopes of bouncing back strong from a torn patellar tendon injury that ended his 2004 season last August.

With Brian Westbrook yet to report to camp, Buckhalter has shouldered the majority of first-team reps and has looked good, bringing a power and speed element to the Eagles' backfield.

Now this.

In 2002, Buckhalter suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during the first spring mini-camp. He came back with a vengeance in 2003, averaging 4.3 yards a carry while scoring eight rushing touchdowns. His efforts earned him the Ed Block Courage Award.

Meanwhile, the tall, lanky Pinkston has played in 78 games during his five-year career, starting 62 of them. In 2004, his 18.8-yard average led all NFC receivers.

The Eagles lost receiver Terrell Owens to a groin injury on Thursday. Owens did not practice Friday.

We'll have more throughout the day.