No matter how badly Terrell Owens wants a new contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, it won’t be happening.
Team president Joe Banner reiterated Thursday that if Owens plays this season, it will be for the Eagles. The All-Pro wide receiver was sent home from training camp the previous day by coach Andy Reid, who doesn’t want Owens back until they have a face-to-face meeting.
‘‘Our hope, obviously, is that he comes back next week and is what he can be in every sense, whether that’s how he contributes to the team on the field or off the field,’’ Banner said. ‘‘We’ve been clear that the choices are to play under this contract or not. I’m not sure he still believes that, but we’ve said from Day 1 those were the choices on the table and he had to make a choice between one of the two things.
‘‘That’s not going to change.’’
One day after a heated dispute caused Reid to boot Owens from training camp, Reid said he wanted to chat with Owens before welcoming him back next Wednesday.
‘‘I’ll address him on Wednesday and that’s between T.O. and myself,’’ Reid said after Thursday’s morning practice.
Owens, meanwhile, emerged periodically from his house in Moorestown, N.J., 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 said he had not spoken to the team.
‘‘Why would I talk to them? They gave me a week off,’’ he said.
He claimed Reid told him to shut up during their spat on Wednesday.
‘‘And I told him my name isn’t Reid. My name is Owens. I’m not one of his kids. Don’t tell me to shut up,’’ Owens said.
Wide receiver Keary Colbert returned to practice after sitting out a week with a strained hamstring, catching a long touchdown pass from Jake Delhomme. Colbert could still be held out of the preseason opener Saturday night against Washington because of his injury.
While Colbert was out, free agent Rod Gardner stepped in to work with the first-team offense and made a strong push for a starting spot.
But if he was worried about slipping on the depth chart, Colbert didn’t let on.
‘‘I feel pressure every year and every day regardless of who is here,’’ Colbert said. ‘‘I want to be a certain type of player and to do that you have to work a certain way. That’s not based on other people. It’s based on pushing yourself to get better and ultimately help the team get better.’’
Colbert was deactivated before the first game last season because the Panthers had too many receivers. But when Steve Smith broke his leg in the opener, Colbert started the next 15 games and set Carolina rookie records with 47 receptions, 754 yards receiving and five touchdowns.
Former Heisman Trophy winner Jason White ended his professional career because of weak knees.
White, who had been competing for the third quarterback position, joined the Titans in May as an undrafted rookie after an audition with the Chiefs did not lead to a contract offer.
‘‘It’s always been a dream of mine, but certain things won’t allow me to chase that dream,’’ White said. ‘‘It’s kind of out of my hands at this point.
‘‘Sometimes I think that you have to swallow your pride a little bit and know when you’re done.’’
White won the Heisman in 2003 and led Oklahoma to back-to-back BCS title games. He is Oklahoma’s career passing leader with 7,922 yards and in touchdown passes with 81.
He said he informed coach Jeff Fisher of his decision Wednesday night.
Running back Reuben Droughns, sidelined the past week with a sore hamstring, is unlikely to play in Cleveland’s exhibition season opener Saturday against the Giants.
Droughns is in a three-way battle with Lee Suggs and William Green for the starting job, and Droughns knows his chances of emerging as the winner lessen with every day he misses.
‘‘I’m disappointed,’’ he said. ‘‘I’m losing ground. I’m missing a lot of time and a chance to be the starting guy.’’
The team acquired Droughns in an offseason deal with Denver. Droughns, who began last season as the Broncos’ fullback, rushed for 1,240 yards and six touchdowns.
The Browns haven’t had a 1,000-yard runner since 1985.
First-round draft pick Alex Barron was a no-show at Thursday’s practice, one day after agreeing to a five-year contract. Coach Mike Martz was not pleased.
‘‘I have no idea where he is or what he’s doing or if he’s coming in September or October or November, who knows?’’ Martz said. ‘‘I don’t know what to expect. If the kid really wanted to be here, he’d be here. I’m upset with the whole thing.’’
Barron ended a two-week training camp holdout Wednesday. He was taken 19th overall in April by St. Louis.
Troy Walters and Aaron Moorehead welcome the attention they expect to get on Saturday from Peyton Manning and Jim Sorgi.
With slot receiver Brandon Stokley missing most of the preseason because of a dislocated left shoulder, Walters and Moorehead the replacements now have bigger roles. They’re catching more passes from the league’s two-time MVP after practice, are working more frequently with the starters and will have more chances to demonstrate their skills during preseason games.
‘‘You’ve got to step up and fill that void,’’ Moorehead said. ‘‘All it is a little more work, a little more reps.’’
Stokley dislocated his left shoulder last Thursday in Tokyo and is expected to miss three to four weeks. Coach Tony Dungy hopes Stokley can return for the Colts’ regular-season opener Sept. 11 at Baltimore. Until then, the Colts will rely on the Walters-Moorehead tandem to be their No. 3 option.
Walters sat out Thursday afternoon’s practice with a hip flexor injury that could force him to miss Saturday’s game against Buffalo.
Rookie wide receiver Roscoe Parrish, the team’s second-round draft pick, is expected to miss Buffalo’s preseason opener at Indianapolis because of an injured right wrist.
Parrish was not at practice Thursday, a day after he jammed his wrist as he fell to the ground while diving for a pass.
Coach Mike Mularkey said he doesn’t know the extent of the injury. He said Parrish traveled to Buffalo about a 90-minute drive west of training camp in suburban Rochester to review test results with the team’s medical director, Dr. John Marzo.
Parrish, taken 55th overall, has been impressive since the start of spring minicamps.
© 2017. All Rights Reserved. | Contact Us