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    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 that's what I'll do," Owens said Wednesday. "If he (Reid) wants me to be a man about it and have me really go on the air and really tell the people what happened, then I can. It was a difference of opinion."

    With reporters camped on his lawn and helicopters hovering overhead while Owens played basketball and lifted weights, Wednesday's circus scene only magnified the distraction Owens has become to the NFC champions. While Owens was an instant fan favorite last year for helping the Eagles reach the Super Bowl, he's caused constant headaches for management because of his demand for a new contract.

    He also damaged his relationship with Donovan McNabb when he took a shot at the quarterback "who got tired in the Super Bowl."

    Owens is unhappy the Eagles have refused to redo his contract as he enters the second season of a seven-year, $48.97 million deal. He hired Rosenhaus and threatened to skip camp completely. Instead, Owens reported, then injured his groin last Thursday.

    He was day to day and the injury wasn't considered serious.

    Owens also skipped a scheduled autograph session with the rest of the Eagles' receivers after Wednesday's practice.

    "He was unable to attend because he was injured," Etheredge said.

    The Eagles still won't show Owens the money he desperately wants. They have, however, shown the All-Pro wide receiver the door.

    Since arriving at Lehigh, Owens has been distant on the field with his teammates. After signing autographs and slapping hands with fans on a nearly daily basis last year, Owens has jogged on and off the practice field, barely acknowledging their chants and screams.

    "Just because I don't talk to everybody, that's up to me," Owens said. "Everybody needs to understand the situation is all business, it's nothing personal. The situation is between me and management. They know what's going on.

    "I think some people are kind of ticked off because I haven't really said much. They don't pay me to go in there and talk to everybody and be friendly to everybody. They paid me to play and they paid me to perform. That's what I've been going in there and doing."

    Last season, Owens had 77 receptions for 1,200 yards and a franchise-record 14 touchdowns before severely injuring his ankle late in the season. He missed the final two regular-season games and the first two playoff games before returning for the Super Bowl, in which he had nine receptions for 122 yards.

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  • RamWraith
    Owens Trashes McNabb In New Book
    by RamWraith
    Jason Rosenhaus.

    And not shockingly, Owens spends much of book trashing former teammate McNabb and blaming McNabb for the fallout between the two stars that led to Owens' exile from Philadelphia.

    In the book, Owens paints McNabb as a hypocrite, a weak leader and someone who was jealous of Owens and blocked Owens' return to the Eagles after a four-game suspension.

    And Owens paints himself as a heroic but sometimes flawed figure who was wronged by McNabb, arbitrator Richard Bloch, coach Andy Reid and the Eagles.

    "I accept that I played a role in tearing apart the Eagles season, but the blame was not all mine," Owens said.

    But Owens puts most of the blame on McNabb.

    Owens' public criticisms of McNabb last fall directly led to the end of the All-Pro receiver's career in Philadelphia.

    Giants Game Was Beginning Of Feud

    In the book, Owens says it was one play in a game in a 27-6 win over the New York Giants in November 2004 that upset Owens and convinced him that McNabb was jealous.

    "I couldn't believe it," Owens said about a pass play where McNabb decided not to throw him the ball. "Donovan had time to get the ball to me. Donovan ignored me, he ignored Coach Reid's design."

    Owens said he returned to the huddle and ask McNabb about the play, and McNabb responded with an obscenity to Owens in front of teammates.

    In his opinion, Owens then knew McNabb was deeply jealous of his popularity in Philadelphia.

    "I was getting so much of the Philadelphia glory that used to be his," Owens said.

    Owens then said he got into a confrontation with McNabb after the Giants game in the Meadowlands locker room and running back Dorsey Levens broke up the two men.

    "Donovan was never the same with me again; things were only going to get worse," Owens added.

    Owens Compares Himself To Willis Reed

    Owens also claims that McNabb downplayed his role on the team after that and blames McNabb for turnovers that led to the Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.

    He also compares his Super Bowl performance with the legendary performance of Knicks star Willis Reed, who helped his team win a title playing on one leg.

    Owens also said it was his financial advisor who inspired to get try to redo his Eagles deal.

    "I wanted to send a hungry, aggressive agent into the Eagles' nest," said Owens, who hired Drew Rosenhaus.

    Owens also talks about his locker room fight with former Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas and his soured relationship with Eagles head coach Andy Reid.

    Owens also said he was deeply embarrassed that he was made to apologize about comments he made to a teen journalist about McNabb and the Eagles.

    -07-06-2006, 05:00 AM
  • Milan
    Owens at it YET again!
    by Milan
    Nov 6 Mark Eckel, of the Trenton Times, reports Philadelphia Eagles WR Terrell Owens had a fistfight with former defensive end and current team ambassador Hugh Douglas. The fight occurred in front of several of his teammates. According to one of the sources the Owens-Douglas fight "was like WWE Smackdown." Another source said both men threw at least two punches during the altercation and when it was over Owens challenged QB Donovan McNabb first and then everyone else in the room saying, "You want some. Anyone else want some." The Eagles refused to comment about the situation, other than the statement that revealed Owens' suspension. Owens and Douglas have been at odds since training camp and almost got into an altercation in an elevator at Lehigh University.

    - Yahoo Sports.

    -11-06-2005, 11:29 AM
  • psycho9985
    T.O. back in Camp
    by psycho9985
    returns to training campBy ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer

    document.write(getElapsed("20050817T231125Z"));4 hours agoUPDATED 2 HOURS 34 MINUTES AGO
    PHILADELPHIA - Terrell Owens ran routes, caught passes and joked around with his Philadelphia Eagles teammates - quite a different T.O. from the one booted out of training camp a week ago.
    This Terrell Owens smiled, laughed and even tutored some of the younger receivers on the sidelines Wednesday.
    ``He was fine today. He did a great job,'' said coach Andy Reid, who gave the All-Pro wideout the heave-ho and told him not to come back for a week.
    The new Terrell Owens, however, still couldn't bring himself to talk to the player he needs to be in sync with the most: Donovan McNabb.
    For the first time, McNabb - who has maintained his sense of humor throughout the ordeal - said he anticipated talking to Owens at some point.
    ``I think it's going to happen. I look forward to it happening,'' McNabb said. ``But, again, when we get to that situation, then that's when we will handle it. I think what we are doing right now is easing into everything and just going out and working, trying to answer some of the questions one of us may have and then be able to work in the confines of our own football field.''
    The running feud between quarterback and receiver was set aside while they were on the field, at least. The two stood next to each other in the huddle at times, across from each other at others, and appeared to communicate between plays. But they also stood side-by-side while stretching at the end of practice - and didn't say a word.
    Owens ran precise routes and caught crisp passes from McNabb. All that was missing were high-fives and hugs.
    ``He works hard out there on the field. We were able to make some big plays,'' McNabb said.
    Owens met briefly with Reid before practice, a condition for his return. He didn't answer questions from reporters after the morning practice.
    ``It was a good meeting,'' Reid said, avoiding questions about particulars. ``He did a nice job. He worked very hard.''
    Owens, again wearing camouflage and listening to oversized headphones, arrived at Philadelphia's practice facility at 7:27 a.m. He was greeted by several dozen fans, some holding signs, including one that read ``TO must go'' - the same message carried on a radio station-sponsored banner trailing an airplane that flew near the practice field.
    Owens jogged onto the field shortly before the morning session began at 8:45. He missed several practices with a groin injury before he was sent home last week, so Reid limited his reps to avoid aggravating the injury.
    The NFC champions are hoping Owens isn't a distraction the rest of camp and into the season. The Eagles didn't allow Owens' antics to disrupt them last year, though he had a better relationship with McNabb, Reid and just about everyone else.
    ``I can't sit here and try...
    -08-17-2005, 08:28 PM
  • 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
  • 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