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Eagles’ Johnson Out Three Weeks

November 23, 1999

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia Eagles receiver Charles Johnson will miss at least three weeks with a torn knee ligament.

Johnson, the team’s leading receiver with 34 catches for 414 yards, was hurt in the second quarter of Philadelphia’s 44-17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. He went down on a run by Duce Staley and was helped off the field with about five minutes left in the quarter.

Johnson, signed as a free agent from Pittsburgh, has a torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Rookie Na Brown will be forced into the starting lineup this week against Washington.

Although Johnson didn’t have a catch in the last two games, his absence will make rookie quarterback Donovan McNabb’s job even tougher.

``We’re going to miss Charles,″ coach Andy Reid said. ``He’s been a productive player and he’s one of our leaders. It’s time for other players to step up. It’s going to be a challenge for us.″

Starting fullback Kevin Turner also is likely to miss Sunday’s game after getting a ``stinger″ in his neck against Indianapolis. Rookie Cecil Martin would be his replacement.

Brown and Martin would join McNabb, guard Doug Brzezinski, tight end Jed Weaver and linebacker Barry Gardner to give Philadelphia six rookies in the starting lineup.

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