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Eagles Release Pinkston, Detmer

From the Associated Press

The Philadelphia Eagles released quarterback Koy Detmer and receiver Todd Pinkston on Wednesday and re-signed quarterback A.J. Feeley, who led the team to a 4-1 record in the last five games in 2002 when Donovan McNabb and Detmer were sidelined by injuries.

Pinkston, a target of intense criticism from Eagles’ fans in recent years, was made expendable earlier this week when the team sent a draft pick and reserve linebacker Mark Simoneau to the New Orleans Saints for Donte’ Stallworth.

Pinkston, 29, missed all of last season because of a torn Achilles’ tendon.

Detmer, 33, started five games for the Eagles in 1998 and has since been the backup quarterback and primary holder for kicker David Akers. But the Eagles signed Jeff Garcia in the off-season.

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Feeley, 29, was released earlier this week by San Diego. He was traded to Miami after the 2003 season for a second-round draft pick that the Eagles used on wide receiver Reggie Brown.

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Wide receiver Terrell Owens practiced for the second straight time after a 10-day layoff because of a tender left hamstring and could play tonight in the Dallas Cowboys’ exhibition finale against the Minnesota Vikings.

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer reported no problems with his surgically rebuilt left knee after throwing for three touchdowns in Monday’s exhibition against Green Bay, another indication he will be ready for the season opener.

“It felt great,” Palmer said after practice. “There were no side effects or anything. The knee held up like we expected.”

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Willie Parker, the former college backup running back who was an undrafted rookie before rushing for 1,202 yards in his first season as an NFL starter with the Pittsburgh Steelers, signed a $13.6-million, four-year contract, which includes a $3.75 million signing bonus.

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Quarterback Jay Fiedler’s bid to make the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ended with his release before he could even test his recovery from shoulder surgery.

Starter Chris Simms and backups Tim Rattay and Bruce Gradkowski remain.

Meanwhile, offensive tackle Cornell Green, 30, was re-signed after two years in Denver.

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Tennessee Titans quarterback Billy Volek is apparently unhappy with Monday’s acquisition of Kerry Collins and might seek a trade.

He declined to talk to reporters, referring questions to his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, who would only say, “No comment.”

Rookie Vince Young, however, might start Friday’s exhibition finale against Green Bay.

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San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Shane Olivea, 25, signed a new six-year contract.


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