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  • [Eagles] Surgery, Uncertainty For T.O.

    December 20, 2004

    A "super" season took a dramatic turn late Monday afternoon when it was announced that wide receiver Terrell Owens will be sidelined up until at least Super Bowl Sunday with a sprained deltoid ligament in his right ankle that will require surgery. Owens also has a a fractured fibula.
    Owens suffered the injury on the second play of the third quarter in Sunday's win over Dallas when he was dragged down from behind by Cowboys safety Roy Williams.

    The Eagles' leading receiver will have surgery Wednesday in which doctors will insert a screw to stabilize the ankle joint. As for the fibula fracture, which is located 10 centimeters below the knee, doctors will allow that to heal on its own.

    Terrell Owens limps off the field
    "It's a high ankle sprain that's bad enough to need surgery," said head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder. "However, the normal stuff that we see with the high ankle sprain in terms of the inferior anterior tibfib ligament is something that we look at is not torn. The posterior tibfib ligament is not torn... but he had enough force there that his joint opens up but he doesn't have a tremendous amount of damage in that ankle."

    If everything goes right, T.O. could start riding a bike and working in the pool in three weeks. In five weeks, Burkholder emphasized, if everything goes smoothly, he can begin running on it.

    Seven weeks from this past Sunday is Super Bowl Sunday, and Burkholder says there's an outside chance that T.O. could play some sort of role in that game. But he would have to clear "a lot of hurdles" to get to that point.

    "The scenario I painted is the best-case scenario, but it is realistic," Burkholder said. "You want the screw to sit in there long enough to stabilize the soft tissue."

    The worst case scenario is that the screw remains in for three months and Owens doesn't play again until next season.

    However, Owens has shown a penchant for rebounding from injuries in the past. In fact, he missed just two games after suffering a high ankle sprain in 1999.

    "He had a high ankle sprain at one time in his career so that may be the deal that he had so much scar tissue in there that when his ankle rotated yesterday, scar tissue took up all the stress and it just moved up his leg and got the bone," Burkholder said. "It is a little unstable, but it may heal up pretty quickly because it's scarred in there."

    In his nine-year career, Owens has missed only seven games because of injury. Ironically, almost one year ago, T.O. fractured his left collarbone as a member of the ***** in a game San Francisco won at Lincoln Financial Field.

    "I've sat here and told you about our athletes before that genetically they're a little different than you and I," Burkholder said. "He is and that's why we're holding out hope that this guy can return. This is the purest, cleanest athlete that you know.

    "The guy is meticulous about his body and in other cases that he's had injuries he's healed up very, very quickly. He had the clavicle fracture a few years ago, maybe even last year I think, and he healed up very, very quickly. So we're holding out this hope that he will do it.

    "If anybody has a chance to do it, T.O. has that chance."

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  • DJRamFan
    [Eagles] Owens: Other Players Will Step Up
    by DJRamFan
    December 20, 2004

    He spoke for 5 minutes, 26 seconds. "This is T.O.," he said, announcing that the conference call was live and ready to begin.
    Terrell Owens always knows how to make an entrance.

    He isn't ready to say he's making an exit from the 2004 season, either. Owens sounded ready to do anything possible to make it back to the playing field should the Eagles be fortunate enough to win two playoff games and advance to the Super Bowl on Feb. 6 in Jacksonville, FL.

    "I feel like I'm a pretty good healer. I'll see how my body responds to all of that," said Owens as reporters and television cameras crowded around a speaker phone in the media room at the NovaCare Complex on Monday.

    WR Terrell Owens is taking the positive approach to his recovery
    "Believe me, I'm already on top of that. I've already moved my hyperbaric chamber down to my living room. I'll be in that trying to get myself back on the field as soon as I can. I'm going to be smart about the situation."

    Owens spent most of his Monday being poked, prodded and tested. His right anke, deemed sprained on Sunday, was targeted for surgery less than 24 hours later.

    After an early-morning MRI at the NovaCare Complex, Owens was taken to Baltimore to visit ankle specialist Dr. Mark Myerson.

    There he found out the injury was far more serious than a simple sprain.

    "I went down there optimistic, kind of hoping for the best and I got the worst of news," said Owens. "But, things happen and you've just got to move on from it. I'm just sad from the standpoint of not being there with the guys in the playoffs. I know these next two games are sort of meaningless, but not really.

    "My thing was, I was really looking forward to the playoffs, really trying to get this team to the Super Bowl. I think that without me they can still achieve that goal.

    Owens took the time to speak with quarterback Donovan McNabb, wide receivers Todd Pinkston and Freddie Mitchell, head coach Andy Reid and safety Brian Dawkins before talking to reporters.

    "I wanted to let those guys know that I'm behind them. I'm going to be their biggest cheerleader. Coach Reid called me earlier today," said Owens. "It's just something that is unfortunate at the wrong time."

    And yet ...

    "It doesn't stop with me. Just like when guys went down early in the season. (Defensive end N.D.) Kalu went down weeks before trainign camp. Somebody has to step in ... everybody has to step up. There's no reason for everybody to get down, no reason for the City of Philadelphia to get down because I'm not there.

    "Obviously, my presence will be missed, but we have the guys that can get it done. I truly mean that."
    -12-21-2004, 10:44 AM
  • Nick
    What a surprise, TO is unhappy in Philly
    by Nick

    Owens at it again
    Wideout unhappy with production prior to injury, knocks teammates
    Posted: Thursday January 6, 2005 1:09PM; Updated: Thursday January 6, 2005 4:47PM

    It's bad enough that Eagles fans had to suffer through a pair of in-season exhibition games and a bye week before finding out whether this year's playoff's will heap more misery on them. It's even worse that their team must work its way toward Super Bowl XXXIX (as participants this time, not ticketholders) without primary weapon Terrell Owens. Now, they have to confront the year's first stench of real controversy. And El Hombre isn't talking about naked Housewives.

    Wednesday, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and loud NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith set out for T.O.'s house to write the "Rehabbing Star Works Toward Return" story. Instead, he was treated to the first Philadelphia performance of "Terrell Owens, Frustrated Egomaniac." During the course of what seemed to be a lengthy sit-down, Owens gave fans real hope that should the Eagles end their Buffalo Bills JV imitation and actually reach the Big Game, he'll be there, in pads, ready to go. "It's looking better and better," he told Smith.

    Excellent. Keep doing those ankle exercises, Terrell. We're all rooting for you.

    Then came the napalm. Seems the last five games in which Owens played (including the Dec. 19 tilt against the Cowchips in which he was injured) weren't happy ones for the wide receiver. OK, so he did have some fun against Green Bay, catching eight passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. But the rest of it left him "frustrated as to how my production had gone down."

    There it is, folks. Anyone who had the "over" in the Terrell Owens Bad Teammate pool had better pay up. By the time he had finished speaking with Smith, T.O. had reverted to the form that had made him such a favorite with quarterbacks and offensive coaches in San Francisco. He complained about not getting the ball enough, even though the Eagles raged to a 13-1 record while he was available. He revealed that he could have "said more" about it, too, but kept his mouth shut to promote harmony. Thanks, Terrell! He even issued a "be careful what you wish for" warning to fellow wideouts Freddie Mitchell and Todd Pinkston, who must now step up, after (unhappily) playing supporting roles throughout the year. Though Owens tried to wrap it all up in a tidy "we're a team in everything we do" package, he couldn't stop himself from spewing enough toxins to make a testy run-up to what could be another postseason disaster even more tense.

    Now, Smith reports that Owens "went out of his way to give both QB Donovan McNabb and coach Andy Reid credit" -- as if lauding a Pro Bowl quarterback...
    -01-09-2005, 09:58 AM
  • evil disco man
    Terrell: Risk vs. Reward
    by evil disco man
    With Owens, Eagles getting an undeniable receiving gem but also potential headaches


    July 4, 2004

    PHILADELPHIA -- It is a few minutes after practice, and Terrell Owens is sitting on a black leather couch, telling a visitor why he thinks it's too late to change his image as one of the NFL's most controversial players.

    Speaking barely above a whisper, he seems nothing like the trash-talker he was labeled as during his days with the San Francisco *****. Now with the Philadelphia Eagles, he leans back on the couch in an office at their training complex and shakes his head.

    "No matter what I do, it's not going to change," the 30-year- old receiver said. "I've got a negative image with the public and people think, 'This guy's a bad guy.'"

    Great receiver. Bad guy. Owens cannot separate the two, even though he desperately wants to be known as the former, not the latter.

    "That's what I'm stuck with," Owens said. "I'm a monster on the field, but people think I'm a monster off the field, too. I don't think people really know me until they're around me. When they hang out with me, they'll pull me aside and say: 'I don't get it. I don't see why people say you're this way. You're a cool dude.' People expect something different."

    Eagles receiver Todd Pinkston certainly expected something different. He expected to see a chronic complainer, a guy who bullies his teammates and snarls at his coaches.

    "No, it's nothing like that," Pinkston said. "He had this reputation as an 'I-want-the-ball' type of guy, but he hasn't been like that at all. If you see his work ethic, you'll know. It's not like the reputation he had in San Francisco."

    Owens is a star receiver who makes terrific catches and scores highlight-reel touchdowns, but his flamboyant celebrations and sideline tantrums have given him a me-first reputation that he believes has unfairly tainted his legacy.

    To Owens and those who know him best, he is a complex man whose combative behavior on game day belies a gentle and charitable personality off the field. They know he is a gifted athlete whose continual search for attention and admiration goes back to a time when he was ready to quit the sport as a teenager because he almost never got a chance to play on his high school team.

    He defies easy description.

    Already on notice

    Even so, a new team, a new contract and a new outlook on his NFL future probably won't change things for Owens, who forced the trade that sent him from the ***** to the Eagles in March. He understands that the first time he complains about not getting enough passes from quarterback Donovan McNabb, or the first time he disagrees...
    -07-06-2004, 09:30 AM
  • RamWraith
    More Ownes stuff
    by RamWraith
    Reid says T.O. will stay away until issue is settled

    BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid called the ejection of Terrell Owens from training camp in-house business, adding the tempestuous wide receiver would not be permitted back to camp until the two of them fully discuss the problem.

    Owens said he was just happy to have a week off.

    "I'm going to work with T.O. and only T.O.," Reid said Thursday in his first comments since Owens was sent home Wednesday.

    That was about all Reid said despite numerous questions on a variety of subjects about the playmaking, showboating Owens, who was asked to leave camp Wednesday after a heated exchange with Reid.

    Owens, meanwhile, emerged from his house in Moorestown, N.J., after noon on Thursday, signing autographs to the delight of several dozen fans who passed the time throwing footballs and yelling Eagles chants in his suburban cul de sac. Owens told reporters he had not spoken to the team.

    "Why would I talk to them? They gave me a week off," he said.

    When asked why he had the time off, Owens remained elusive.

    "What do you think?" he said. "You are asking a dumb question right now."

    Owens and agent Drew Rosenhaus -- who had arrived in midmorning -- departed for what the agent said was lunch and a meeting.

    Suddenly, Owens pulling a Sharpie from his sock or posing on the Cowboys' star seems downright tame.

    On Wednesday, Owens told Comcast SportsNet that his ejection by Reid "was just a difference of opinion. I was defending myself."

    Defending himself from what, it's not exactly clear.

    Owens refused to say what the argument was about, and the Eagles issued only a brief statement saying Owens was not expected to return to the team until next Wednesday.

    But this was the risk the Eagles were willing to take last year when they traded for Owens because they thought he could help them win a Super Bowl.

    Now comes this.

    For the fifth time in six days, Owens did not practice Wednesday because of a groin injury suffered last week. Instead, he worked out with the assistant trainer for about 20 minutes, catching balls from a machine and doing some light running. He did not speak to reporters or acknowledge the fans who chanted his name.

    Between sessions -- the Eagles had a special teams practice Wednesday afternoon that Owens was not required to attend -- Owens and Reid started arguing during a meeting.

    Reid asked the injured Owens to leave after their discussion, according to Rosenhaus, and Owens' publicist, Kim Etheredge.

    Owens then got his belongings and cleared out of training camp at Lehigh University.

    "If the truth needs to be told, then...
    -08-11-2005, 01:07 PM
  • DJRamFan
    [Eagles] A Grief Interlude
    by DJRamFan
    By Shannon Ryan

    Inquirer Staff Writer

    Like the rest of the city, Terrell Owens' teammates know he was brought to Philadelphia to help the Eagles reach the Super Bowl.

    Now it looks as if they are going to have to do it without him.

    Owens likely will miss the rest of the season, with only a sliver of hope of returning from an ankle sprain, joint damage, and a leg fracture in time for the Super Bowl - that is, if the Eagles can make it that far without their star wide receiver.

    His teammates said they were disappointed but determined, and knew they would have to pick up the slack.

    "I feel for Terrell," quarterback Donovan McNabb said in a statement. "He's worked hard. We've all worked hard to try and bring a championship to Philadelphia. I know he will do everything he possibly can to get better and be a part of what we want to accomplish."

    "In any event, we have to move forward," McNabb said. "We have a number of weapons on offense and we all just need to go out and make plays."

    Linebacker Ike Reese said the Eagles would look to "do it collectively."

    "We can't hang our heads," Reese said. "There will be some guys, some young receivers, who will have to step up."

    Everything can't be put on McNabb's shoulders, Reese added.

    Owens will undergo surgery tomorrow. He was in Baltimore seeing an ankle specialist yesterday for testing, which revealed the extent of his injuries.

    Afterward, Owens talked on the phone to many teammates, including wide receivers Freddie Mitchell and Todd Pinkston, free safety Brian Dawkins, and McNabb.

    "I just wanted to let those guys know that I'm behind them," Owens said yesterday afternoon. "I'm going to be their biggest cheerleader."

    Since arriving in Philadelphia this year, Owens has been an offensive spark, deemed the missing ingredient for a team that has lost the last three NFC championship games.

    Reese said he was looking forward to seeing Owens perform on the big stage of the playoffs, for which the Eagles have secured the home-field advantage and a first-round bye.

    "I knew in the postseason he would go to another level," Reese said. "I know he was brought here to bring our playing in the postseason to another level."

    The Eagles have dealt with end-of-season injuries to key players in the past.

    Last year, it was running back Brian Westbrook.

    If there is a bright spot, offensive tackle Tra Thomas said, it is that the Eagles have been through this drill before.

    "We just have to keep working," he said. "Everyone has to step up when a key person goes down."

    More than being worried...
    -12-21-2004, 10:33 AM