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McNabb, T.O. both practice

Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens both practiced for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday after sitting out a day with injuries.

McNabb, who sat out one practice last week with a bruised chest, hurt his groin right before halftime against San Francisco. Owens has a nagging abdominal/groin injury.

Also, kicker David Akers, who was limited in practice Wednesday because of a hamstring injury, looked fine and booted a field goal of about 55 yards.

Owens has been bothered by groin injuries for years, and missed time during training camp.

Akers hurt his hamstring after a kickoff in the second quarter. Linebacker Mark Simoneau kicked one extra point and third-string tight end Mike Bartrum kicked off before Akers returned to make the rest of the kicks. Akers kicked off on Thursday.

"It's not going to be easy, but I think things were encouraging," Akers said. "It's better than what it was last Sunday, by far."

The Eagles signed Todd France to the practice squad on Tuesday in case Akers isn't ready to play against the Raiders.

VICK PROBABLE: Michael Vick returned to practice Thursday for the first time since twice leaving the Atlanta Falcons' loss last week at Seattle with a tweaked left hamstring. Coach Jim Mora listed Vick as probable for their game Sunday at Buffalo. Vick, who walked without a limp, indicated his leg felt better as he strolled through the locker room following practice. The experience of rehabbing a sore hamstring is familiar to Vick, who sustained a similar injury to his right leg 13 months ago when Atlanta practiced for three days with the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

MARTIN WILL PLAY: Curtis Martin has one thought when it comes to playing through injuries: the pain is only temporary. How else to explain his amazing ability to miss just four games in 11 seasons while taking a constant pounding? The Jets running back will do it again Sunday against Jacksonville when he plays with a bruised right knee. Martin practiced Thursday and was upgraded to probable on the injury report. Coach Herman Edwards said Martin did everything in practice and will play.

ALSO: Tight end Eric Johnson, the San Francisco 49ers' leading receiver last season, was placed on injured reserve Thursday with a torn muscle in his left foot . . . Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich returned to practice Thursday and remained optimistic he would play against the New York Jets . . . Carolina safety Mike Minter returned to practice Thursday and is confident his strained right calf won't prevent him from playing against the Miami Dolphins . . . Wide receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne are both expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday when the Indianapolis Colts host the Cleveland Browns.