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Eagles' Reid sends Owens home

Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2005

Andy Reid made sure Terrell Owens won't be distracting the Eagles for at least a week — by sending the All-Pro wide receiver home.

Owens left Philadelphia's training camp in Bethlehem, Pa., after a verbal exchange Wednesday with the Eagles' coach. He was asked to return next Wednesday and had gone to his home in New Jersey, said his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, and his publicist, Kim Etheredge.

''I don't think that it was heated, it was a difference of opinion. I don't know if there was an argument,'' Etheredge said.

Owens told Comcast SportsNet he was ''defending himself.''

''If the truth needs to be told, then that's what I'll do,'' said Owens, sidelined with a groin injury for the last week. ''If he (Reid) wants 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.''

The Eagles responded with a brief statement:

''Terrell Owens has been sent home from training camp due to undisclosed team issues. He is expected to return to the team on Wednesday, August 17th.''

Owens has been unhappy for months with his contract. The Eagles have refused to redo his deal of seven years and $48.97 million.

Last season, Owens had 77 receptions for 1,200 yards and a franchise-record 14 touchdowns before severely injuring his ankle late in the year. 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.

Ravens

Star running back Jamal Lewis had his first practice in pads following an offseason of legal turmoil.

Lewis reported to training camp Monday. On Wednesday, he took part in a few team drills, but didn't participate in full-contact practice.

''He looked fresh, which is what you would expect after not being here for the first week,'' Ravens coach Brian Billick said of Lewis, limited to a career-low 1,006 yards last season as he dealt with his legal problems and injuries. ''We'll just continue to push him through it, put him through his paces and see if we can get him to that next level of conditioning.''

The 2003 NFL Offensive Player of the Year served four months in federal prison and two months in a halfway house after pleading guilty to using a cell phone to arrange a cocaine deal.

Dolphins

Junior Seau's frustrating journey back from injuries finally might be over.

Seau was back on the Miami Dolphins' practice field, apparently recovered from a calf injury that kept him sidelined for the first 2 1/2 weeks of training camp.

The 36-year-old linebacker, with whom the Dolphins will be cautious, took part in the team's only full-pads workout of the week, one that will be capped Saturday night in a preseason game at Jacksonville. Seau hurt the calf while conditioning in San Diego on July 22.

''He did well, actually better than I thought he would,'' Dolphins coach Nick Saban said. ''We did not want him to go the whole practice because we didn't want him to get in an overuse situation where he might fatigue that particular injury and have additional problems.''

Browns

Rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards agreed to terms on a five-year contract late Wednesday night, ending his holdout and a bizarre day of negotiations.

Edwards, the No. 3 overall pick, will sign his contract on Thursday and practice with the Browns for the first time, a league source told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. The source asked to remain unidentified due to the sensitivity of the negotiations between the Browns and agent Lamont Smith.

It appeared Edwards would sign his deal hours earlier after arriving at the team's headquarters, but he and Smith bolted after negotiations with the Browns hit a snag.

The pair, along with Edwards' parents and other family members, drove away in a three-car caravan without finishing a deal that looked all but done.

''You don't have a deal until you have a deal,'' Smith, sitting in the passenger seat of an SUV driven by Edwards' father, Stan, said at about 6:30 p.m. ''We're leaving Cleveland.''

They didn't get far. Smith stayed in touch with the club and was able to complete a deal that could pay Edwards nearly $20 million in guaranteed money.

Jaguars

Cornerback David Richardson missed his second straight day of practice with a right ankle sprain and is out indefinitely. Richardson, listed as the starter opposite Rashean Mathis, was on crutches and wearing a protective boot over his ankle at practice.

Richardson was injured Monday night when he came down awkwardly on his ankle while defending Ernest Wilford on a fade pattern.

Without Richardson, Kenny Wright and third-round pick Scott Starks are splitting time with the first team defense.

Rookie wide receiver Matt Jones had a new hairdo for the second straight day. The standout quarterback at Arkansas who switched positions and was a first-round draft pick by the Jaguars, had a wide strip of his long, dirty-blonde hair shaved as part of a hazing ritual Tuesday. The haircut was courtesy of defensive tackle John Henderson.

But after spending a day with the new 'do, Jones decided to have his head shaved bald.

''It's just a haircut,'' Jones said. ''It's something that happens to every rookie, so it's no big deal. It will grow back.''

But Jones kept his scraggily beard, creating an even odder look.

Bills

Tight end Kevin Everett, the Bills' third-round draft pick, signed, although it's not clear when the injured player will be cleared for practice.

Everett has been rehabbing in Orchard Park, N.Y., since he had surgery in May to repair a torn left knee ligament he hurt during the team's first day of minicamp.

Everett's agent, Brian Overstreet, expects the Bills to place his client on the physically unable-to-perform list and that he'll probably miss at least the start of the season while he continues working out on his own.

Buffalo also placed backup offensive lineman Lawrence Smith on injured reserve with a torn right quadriceps tendon.

Panthers

Carolina claimed second-year cornerback Dwight Anderson off waivers from the St. Louis Rams. The defensive back out of South Dakota played in 12 games last season. He was competing for the team's nickel back spot during training camp before being released Monday for curfew violations.

To make room on the roster, the team released cornerback Shannon Fitzhugh.

Cardinals

Top draft pick Antrel Rolle's first practice with Arizona went well.

A day after the cornerback signed a six-year, $43 million contract that includes $13.6 million in guaranteed money, coach Dennis Green said Rolle would play Saturday in the exhibition opener against Dallas — possibly in more formations than at first anticipated.

After spending the first hour of practice in a skull session with secondary coach Richard Solomon, Rolle got some repetitions with the second-string base defense, as well as in nickel coverages, where Green said he would be slotted for the game.

Steelers

Linebacker Joey Porter underwent surgery Wednesday to remove loose cartilage from his knee and is expected to miss four weeks.

If Porter sits out for the full four weeks, he'll miss the Steelers' four preseason games, but will be back in time for Pittsburgh's Sept. 11 season opener against the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field.

''We expect to have him for the opener,'' coach Bill Cowher said.

Bills

Rookie receiver Roscoe Parrish grimaced in pain as he was led off the field after he hurt his right hand.

The extent of the injury was not immediately known, but it could be a blow for the Bills, who had been impressed by the second-round draft pick's performance since camp opened July 30.

It happened about an hour into Buffalo's scheduled two-hour practice, when Parrish was running step-for-step with cornerback Jabari Greer up the right hash mark. Diving headfirst for a 40-yard pass thrown by Kelly Holcomb, Parrish missed the overthrown ball and seemed to land awkwardly on his wrist.

Rams

First-round pick Alex Barron ended a two-week training camp holdout and signed a five-year contract.

As a senior at Florida State, Barron was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy, which recognizes the country's top college offensive lineman. He was taken 19th overall in April by St. Louis.

Barron signed only two days before the Rams' preseason opener at home against the Chicago Bears.



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