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Akers likely out; McNabb's status uncertain

PHILADELPHIA (Sept. 26, 2005) -- David Akers probably will miss Philadelphia's game at Kansas City next week because of a torn hamstring, while Donovan McNabb's status is uncertain.

Akers, who collapsed to the ground in pain after the opening kickoff, fought through the injury to make a 23-yard field goal with 9 seconds left to lead the Eagles to a 23-20 victory against Oakland on Sept. 25.

"It'll be a struggle for him to kick this week," Eagles coach Andy Reid said.

McNabb played with soreness in his chest, lower abdomen and a shin contusion. He finished with 365 yards passing and two touchdowns while throwing a career-high 52 passes.

"We'll see how he does (Tuesday) and how he comes back in Wednesday," Reid said. "He should be fine for the game. We have to get the soreness out."

McNabb was tested last week for a sports hernia, a tear in the abdominal area that likely would need surgery. Though the possibility he has a sports hernia hasn't been completely ruled out, McNabb is willing to play through the pain.

Asked if the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback could be shut down until after the bye week on Oct. 16, Reid said: "I don't think we're at that point. Not today."

Akers originally strained his hamstring Sept. 18 in a victory against San Francisco and came out for an extra point that was converted by linebacker Mark Simoneau.

He went down again after redoing the opening kickoff against the Raiders, but returned to make two extra points and the winning field goal in the second half.

Simoneau saw one extra point blocked during Akers' absence, and third-string tight end Mike Bartrum kicked off the rest of the game.

Todd France, signed to the practice squad last week, should replace Akers if the three-time Pro Bowl kicker has to miss any games.

Reid also said starting defensive tackle Darwin Walker will miss his second successive game with a thigh contusion.

The Associated Press News Service

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