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Posted on: July 3, 2011 2:29 pm
Edited on: July 3, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Terrell Owens: not always a QB's best friend

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Terrell Owens is 37, and at some point in the not-too-distant past, he suffered an ACL injury. But according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus, Owens will not only be ready for the 2011 season, he will start. (Rosenhaus also said that Terrelle Pryor will be a "first-round pick.")

PR proclamations aside, the reality is that Owens is entering his 16th season, long after the time NFL players typically transition to life after football. But even if TO can summon one more productive season, there's another issue that will have a lot to do with him playing for his fourth team in four years next season.

Details via the National Football Post's Dan Pompei: "A front office man points out that [Owens] doesn’t always run his route the way he is supposed to and he leaves a lot of gray area for the quarterback. Last year, he led the NFL in most interceptions as a targeted receiver with 12, according to Stats, Inc. What’s more, he has led the league in the category with 43 interceptions over the last five years. And another issue with T.O? He was third in the league in drops last year with 11."

To his credit, Owens still put up impressive numbers in 2010. In 14 games he caught 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. But it's not the first time Owens has been accused of loosely interpreting the playbook. In March, 2007, there were reports that he didn't know the Cowboys' playbook. At the time, the Dallas Morning News' Jean-Jacques Taylor wrote that "Within the organization, T.O.'s lack of familiarity with the playbook wasn't a secret. Players knew. Coaches knew. Front-office personnel knew. After all, [Tony] Romo and others had to tell him the plays during practice, on occasion, so it surprised few when he wasn't sure what to do during games."

Owens refuted the claim saying "I knew my plays... I put everything I love on that." And to be fair, he racked up 81 receptions for 1,180 yards and 13 touchdowns with the Cowboys in 2006. For not knowing exactly where he was supposed to be on the field, TO was still one of the NFL's best wideouts.

But that was more than four years ago and Owens is now coming off knee surgery. Even if he has the playbook committed to memory, age and injuries may have finally caught up to him.

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Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 29, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.29.11: Carson's Cincy home: sold



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • First the Bills get new uniforms and now Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly says that the team was wise to pass on a QB early in the April draft. Turns out, Kelly thinks incumbent Ryan Fitzpatrick is more than capable.
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Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:09 am
Edited on: June 29, 2011 9:32 am
 

Podcast: Free agency could be a frenzied hot mess

Posted by Ryan Wilson

For no official football, there's plenty going on in late June and we cover a lot of it in the latest Eye on Football podcast.

Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith are meeting in Minnesota in the hopes of ending the lockout. And then there's Terrell Owens, 37, who has no plans on retiring … even though he recently had ACL surgery. We're not sure who will have a need for him at this stage of the proceedings, although he's destined for Canton. (Right? Right.)

Related geriatric talking points: Tiki Barber, you may have heard, wants to return to the NFL. Tiki's sort of like Terrell in that he can be problematic in the locker room, but the difference is that even TO had supporters. We have yet to hear one person -- including twin brother Ronde -- come forward in Tiki's defense.

Finally, we discuss Pete Prisco's top 50 free agents list. For the most part, we agree, although Michael Huff at No. 11 might be a tad high.

Talking starts below.

Just hit the play button and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.



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Posted on: June 28, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Rosenhaus: T.O. will be starting WR this year

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Although news broke Monday that Terrell Owens underwent ACL surgery that could keep him out of action for six months and could possibly lead to his retirement, his agent Drew Rosenhaus insisted today Owens should be ready to play by August.

"All the retirement talk is nonsense," Rosenhaus told ESPN, via USA Today. "There's been no discussion about that, and this injury is not a big deal."

Owens' ACL injury
An ACL injury not being a big deal? That’s almost as ridiculous as saying Terrelle Pryor is a surefire first-round NFL draft pick.

Rosenhaus didn’t want to talk about how the injury occurred -- which might mean the rumors that Owens injured himself while taping a new reality show could be true -- but Rosenhaus reiterated Owens, after undergoing the surgery in early April, will be ready to play next season (this, of course, assumes anybody wants him).

"The old injury has been repaired," Rosenhaus said. "He is many months into recovery and doing fantastic. No predictions on training camp, but he comes back fast from injuries. I won't rule him out of anything. He will be a starting receiver for someone this year."

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:49 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 2:14 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.28.11: NFL, NFLPA holed up in Minn.



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • The players and the owners have again convened to negotiate a new CBA. The newest location? The great state of Minnesota, also the home of U.S. magistrate judge Arthur Boylan.
  • CBSSports.com’s Andy Benoit, writing for the NY Times, lists his top-10 quarterbacks.
  • LB Jason Taylor apparently wants to play one more season for the Jets. New York released him before the lockout, but it’s not out of the question that he could return for a reduced salary.
  • How much is a name worth? Well, if you want that name on the New Meadowlands Stadium, it’s going to cost about $17 million per year.
  • Bengals RB Cedric Benson, who will stand trial on an assault charge, had his trial moved to Aug. 29 after his attorneys requested more time. If convicted, Benson could face up to a year in prison.
  • Free agent CB Travis Fisher -- last seen playing for the Ravens -- was arrested early this morning on a charge of driving with a suspended license.
  • Packers fans are mobilizing. They’ve developed a Facebook page to convince President Obama that former Packers OL Fuzzy Thurston deserves a presidential pardon (he owes $1.7 million in back taxes to the IRS).

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 11:54 am
Edited on: June 28, 2011 1:07 pm
 

Houshmandzadeh says not to count out T.O.

OwensPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Apparently, the revelation that Bengals WR Terrell Owens tore his ACL doing … well, something and underwent surgery that could keep him out as much as six months was not news to Ravens WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. He told the National Football Post he’s known this fact for months.

“Hopefully, it's not too severe and he'll be back soon,” Houshmandzadeh said. “He had a good year last year. I wouldn't ever count him out."

Houshmandzadeh is right. Owens had a solid season last year, wrestling the Bengals No. 1 WR spot away from Chad Ochocinco and catching 72 passes for 983 yards and nine touchdowns. He’ll turn 38 in December, but as of last season, he still was a legit player in the league.

CBSSports.com’s Mike Freeman has already reported that Owens has talked with several people about the possibility of retiring, but it also wouldn’t be a shock to see Owens try to return for another season (especially since his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has been saying that very thing today).

"He just speaks his mind," Houshmandzadeh said. "Sometimes, guys have something to prove. He has proved a lot. When I first met T.O., he was always real cool with me. I never had a problem with him. They talked about him like a dog in the media, but T.O. is a good dude. People just don't know him the way players in the NFL know him."

Yes, I'm sure Donovan McNabb and Tony Romo would be more than happy to vouch for Owens being "a good dude."

UPDATE (1:06 p.m. ET): According to the AP, via ESPN's Sportscenter, Rosenhaus said Owens could be good to go by August.

"The old injury has been repaired," Rosenhaus said. "He is many months into recovery and doing fantastic. No predictions on training camp, but he comes back fast from injuries. I won't rule him out of anything. He will be a starting receiver for someone this year."

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Posted on: June 26, 2011 11:31 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 10:57 am
 

Terrell Owens to miss six months with ACL injury?

Posted by Will Brinson

Injuries to NFL players have been almost an afterthought this offseason, mainly because of the lockout. They've existed only in the sense that if a big-name player is injured while working out, it might become a serious issue.

Well, a big-time player was injured: Terrell Owens will reportedly miss at least six months after undergoing ACL surgery.

That's according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, who reports that Owens injured his knee "during a personal workout" though the "cause of [the] injury [is] unknown."

Dr. James Andrews, perhaps the most famous knee specialist in sports, performed the surgery.

Bengals Offseason

Owens, who signed a one-year deal with the Bengals before last year, was surprisingly productive in Cincinnati alongside Chad Ochocinco, but the team's offense struggled and Owens, always a controversial figure, was locked into not returning to Cincy next year. (You can tell this because he's publicly ripped into the coaching staff.)

Given that Owens will turn 38 this year, it stands to reason that he won't play in all of 2011, if he's going to miss six months. And, it's entirely possible that Owens could end up retiring.

Though given his incredible track record for production as he aged, as well as his propensity to stay in the spotlight, assuming that seems a bit premature at this stage.

Either way, don't expect to see a ton of "Where will T.O. sign this year?" stories any time soon.

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Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.21.11: ATL to outscore everybody?



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Wideout Roddy White says the Falcons are "[G]oing to outscore everybody … Green Bay’s got, what, four or five guys out there who can make plays? We’re going to be Green Bay South.”
  • You know the lockout has dragged on for far too long when the NFL Network will air two CFL games a week. If this doesn't motivate NFL owners and players, then we're in deep trouble.
  • For three months, we've only heard about the downside of a lockout. For older players like Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams, there's an upside, too -- namely, the length of the labor impasse likely means Williams won't get cut.
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