Owens was suspended for four games without pay Saturday after blasting both the Eagles and their quarterback, Donovan McNabb, in an interview on ESPN two days earlier. Asked by Reid to apologize to the team for his remarks, Owens refused.
Without Owens, the Eagles suffered their fourth loss of the season Sunday
night, losing 17-10 to the Washington Redskins.
"(Owens) will not be returning to the team ever after the conclusion of
his (four-game) suspension," Reid said Monday. "The league and the players
union has been notified. I do want it to be clear that this decision was the
result of a large number of situations that accumulated over a long period
"Terrell has been warned repeatedly about the consequences of his
actions. With respect to the activities that took place last week, we gave
Terrell every opportunity to avoid this outcome."
Owens will not be paid during his four game suspension, which will cost
him about $850,000 of his $3.25 million salary this season. He will remain
on the team's roster after his suspension is up and will be paid for the
final five games, but has been told not to bother coming to work. That's
basically what the Tampa Bay Bucs did with Keyshawn Johnson for the final
six games of the 2003 season. He was traded that next March to the Dallas Cowboys.
Owens leads the Eagles in receptions with 47 and receiving yards with
763. But his comments last week and his refusal to apologize were the final
straw as far as the Eagles were concerned. Owens was thrown out of training
camp for a week this summer for, among other things, telling Reid to shut up
and telling offensive coordinator Brad Childress not to speak to him unless
he spoke to Childress first.
Rookie wide receiver Reggie Brown replaced Owens in the Eagles' starting
lineup Sunday. He caught 5 passes for 94 yards. But the Eagles managed just
one touchdown and 12 passing first downs.
"I believe truly that (football) is a team sport," Reid said. "I expect
guys to play together, support each other. I would expect that to continue
to improve during the remainder of the season."
Sunday night's loss dropped the defending NFC champions to 4-4 and 0-2 in
their division. They play the Dallas Cowboys, who already have beaten the
Eagles once, on Monday night.
--While Owens has played his last game for the Eagles, two other players
will be staying around for a while. Running back Brian Westbrook and kicker
David Akers both signed five-year contract extensions with the team.
Westbrook's deal is for slightly more than $24 million and includes a $9
million signing bonus.
"As I've said many times before, Brian is a big part of this offense and
a big part of this team as a representative on and off the football field,"
coach Andy Reid said of locking up Westbrook, who could have become an
unrestricted free agent after the season.
--Three days before Terrell Owens was suspended by the Eagles, he got
into a locker room scuffle with former Eagle defensive end Hugh Douglas.
Douglas and Owens, who have the same agent, Drew Rosenhaus, nearly came to
blows in an elevator during training camp this summer. Last Wednesday,
Douglas, who serves as a club ambassador in the community since being
released in September, was in the locker room and made a half-serious
suggestion to Owens that he was faking an ankle injury. Soon after, the two
had to be pulled apart.
"It wasn't as big as everyone is trying to make it out to be," Douglas
said. "It really wasn't."
Douglas on Owens: "Most of the leaders on the team felt that T.O.'s a
grown man and he needed to handle himself accordingly. But it was a
situation where we didn't know how crazy this man was. We just didn't know
how many issues this man had and it just got out of hand. I think everybody
was sitting around like, 'Wow, I didn't know this man was this crazy.'"
PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES
--DE N.D. Kalu left Sunday's game after just two series with a shoulder
sprain and didn't return. He indicated after the game that the injury could
be serious and could keep him out of this week's game against the Dallas
--K David Akers signed a five-yard contract extension Monday just one day
after playing in his first game in a month after tearing his hamstring.
Akers made his one and only field goal attempt Sunday, a 34-yarder.
--FS Brian Dawkins sprained his foot in Sunday's loss to Washington. He
had an MRI on the foot Monday. His status for Monday night's game against
Dallas is uncertain.
--LB Jason Short, who had missed two games with a sprained ankle, will
miss the rest of the season after fracturing his fibula Sunday. Short was a
valuable member of the Eagles' special teams.
--TE L.J. Smith left the game in the second quarter Sunday with a
concussion and didn't return. He will undergo tests in the next couple of
days that will help determine whether he'll be able to play this week
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
REPORT CARD VS. REDSKINS
PASSING OFFENSE: B-minus -- The absence of Terrell Owens and a first-half
concussion to TE L.J. Smith left Donovan McNabb without two of his most
valuable weapons. He threw for 304 yards, but couldn't put in the end zone
from the seven on three tries at the end.
RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Andy Reid finally committed to the running game;
the Eagles ran the ball 23 times, but the offensive line did a poor job
against a banged-up Redskins defensive line. Brian Westbrook was held to 24
yards on 17 carries.
PASS DEFENSE: D -- The Eagles held Santana Moss to 79 yards on 7 catches,
but did a poor job underneath against the Redskins' RBs and TEs.
RUN DEFENSE: B-plus -- The Eagles' front seven did a much better job
against the run than the pass, holding Clinton Portis to 67 yards on 21
carries. They didn't allow him to get outside and took away his cutback
SPECIAL TEAMS: D -- Their return teams again contributed nothing, and
they gave up a 40-yard kickoff return to Ladell Betts that set up the
'Skins' game-winning TD.
COACHING: C-minus -- The Eagles have fallen and Andy Reid can't seem to
figure out how to help them get up. Suspending Terrell Owens was the right
thing to do, but it has left the Eagles without their best pass-catching
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