Cowboys Can't Hide from Owens Controversy

There is no hiding from the controversy between the Eagles and Terrell Owens. Especially not with the Cowboys, who play the Eagles in a showdown Monday night in Philadelphia.

Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said he is just trying to focus on his own team.

Owens, who has waged verbal warfare against the Eagles and quarterback Donavan McNabb since the off-season, was kicked off the team Monday for conduct detrimental to the team. He was suspended for four games, starting with last Sunday's loss to the Redskins, and he will be deactivated for the final five games.

"When you're not on the inside of a place, you don't really know what happened," Parcells said. "So I don't really have anything to say about it other than I kind of understand as a head coach that every once in a while you run into a situation that's difficult for everyone, and I'm certain that's what has happened there. I'm just worried about my own house."

The Cowboys are worried about the Eagles using the Owens situation as a rallying point Monday night.

The Eagles (4-4) have lost two straight games and are facing a must-win situation against the Cowboys. And considering their championship pedigree, the Cowboys say the Eagles are not going down without a fight.

Philadelphia has been to four straight NFC title games. They reached the Super Bowl last season despite Owens missing the final two games of the regular season and two playoff games with an ankle injury.

"We are going to be walking into a hornets nest," tight end Dan Campbell said. "That scares me. Those guys are champions. They have too much pride. I can see how this can pull a team closer together. They have a lot to prove with all this baggage and adversity. I am expecting them to play the best they have played all year."

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