Owens frustrated over "pathetic" stats

Through seven games, Terrell Owens is 82nd in receiving. No, this is not what he expected...

Terrell Owens is dishing out disparaging remarks again. Only this time they are directed at himself.

"Pathetic," said the Bills wide receiver when asked to describe his statistics through seven games.

Owens, one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history, is tied for 82nd in catches with 18 and 70th in yardage with 242 as the season nears the halfway mark. He has just one touchdown catch, something the NFL's second all-time TD receptions leader with 140 isn't used to.

"I'm frustrated but what can I say?" said Owens during a session with beat reporters. "I just continue to work hard and continue to try the best I can when I'm on the field, running my routes and doing whatever I can when the opportunities come my way."

Owens hasn't always done that though.

He has at least a half-dozen dropped passes, including two in last week's win at Carolina. It's now possible -- given Buffalo's struggles at the quarterback position -- that Owens won't match the numbers he established as a rookie for the San Francisco 49ers in 1996: 35 catches for 520 yards and four touchdowns.

He was still in Jerry Rice's shadow back then. Even in 2005 when he missed nine games with a knee injury suiting up for Philadelphia, T.O caught 47 balls for 763 yards and six scores.

Owens has been a victim of Buffalo's offensive doldrums, including a young offensive line and Trent Edwards' struggles at QB. Edwards will miss his second game with a concussion Sunday with backup Ryan Fitzpatrick starting against Houston.

"I hear a lot of people say I've hit the wall, I can't play, this and that," Owens said. "But understand what's going on with this team. ... It's a work in progress."

Coach Dick Jauron isn't down on his mercurial star.

"I'm not disappointed in Terrell, certainly not, how he approaches the game and what he's added to our team," Jauron said. "I'm disappointed in our production on the field and inability to score points. We're trying to ramp it up and he'll be a big part of it. I like being around this guy. I like how badly he wants to get it done, his work ethic, competitiveness. He wants to get it done and his numbers (from his career) speak for themselves."

PLAYER/PERSONNEL NOTES

-- QB Trent Edwards, who is recovering from the effects of his second concussion in a year, practiced again on a limited basis. He was able to take more snaps than on Wednesday, but he won't play Sunday or even dress as the emergency QB. "I'm feeling better each day and I'm glad to be back," said Edwards, who didn't practice at all last week.

-- WR Terrell Owens called his production this season "pathetic." Owens, one of the most prolific receivers in NFL history, is tied for 82nd in catches with 18 and 70th in yardage with 242 as the season nears the halfway mark. He has just one touchdown catch, something the NFL's second all-time TD receptions leader with 140 isn't used to.

-- FB Corey McIntyre did not practice for a second day due to a sprained knee, and he's very doubtful for Sunday's game against Houston. The bye week follows and the goal is to have the team's lone fullback ready for Tennessee on Nov. 15.

--DT Kyle Williams did not practice for a second day due to a knee sprain, and will join FS Donte Whitner on the sideline this weekend.

-- DE Chris Kelsay was added to the injury report with a sore back. He was limited in practice but should be fine for the Houston game on Sunday.


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