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Wide receiver Terrell Owens has played his last game for the Eagles. Head coach Andy Reid announced Monday that the team does not want the five-time Pro Bowler back after he finishes serving his four-game suspension.

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 of time.

"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.'"


--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 Cowboys.

--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 against Dallas.



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 lanes inside.

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 weapon.

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