Wednesday, August 10, 2005

To T.O. or not T.O.? That is the question

Eagles fans have found their own Catch 22. His name is Terrell Owens.

Cruising through the discussion boards tonight, I have found arguments on the keep-him-or-dump-him issue.

While it feels like the issue is split down the middle, those that want to dump T.O. are more passionate and prolific in their posts. Malcontent, baby and a few more derogatory terms are used instead of his name.

Those that want to keep him, say so reluctantly because they feel the team really needs him to get to Detroit in February. They are resigned to the fact that without T.O. the offense will fail, especially in the wake of the Todd Pinkston injury.

I wonder where Andy Reid falls.

Thome's turn

Football and T.O. have ruled the day ... until now. Word from Los Angeles is that Phillies first baseman Jim Thome will be out for the remainder of the season.

Inquirer Phillies beat reporter Todd Zolecki reports that Thome is scheduled to have surgery next week in Alabama to repair a frayed tendon in his elbow.

Looks like Ryan Howard is in the big leagues to stay.

T.O. suspended, talks at home

While Terrell Owens is at home shooting baskets, the Eagles have suspended the star receiver for one week after a verbal altercation today with coach Andy Reid.

The Eagles statement:
"Terrell Owens has been sent home from training camp due to undisclosed team issues. He is expected to return to the team on Wednesday, August 17th."

Inquirer reporter Keith Pompey spoke with Owens outside his home.

"If the truth needs to be told, that's what I'll do," said Owens, who was wearing black shorts and a black T shirt, with a camouflaged Atlanta Braves baseball cap on backwards, with head phones on.

"I mean, if he (Reid) wants to be a man about it and really have me go on the air and tell people what happened, then I can.

"But it was a difference of opinion. I think the report is now that I was blowing my fans off. That's not the case. My fans have been great. They have been great.

"When I was out there on the field, I was attending to my business. They are telling me to go out there and perform and go out there and practice.

"I'm not going into further detail about the altercation."

Owens did not practice with the team on Wednesday, instead he worked out on his own with the assistance of an Eagles trainer.

What's next with T.O.?

As we await word on Terrell Owens situation, we can only speculate on what happens next. We know he left, but aren't sure whether that was his call or coach Andy Reid's. Whatever it is, neither was happy, and the receiver is no longer in camp.

My guess is that No. 81 won't be back anytime soon.

The Eagles aren't saying anything now. Owens' agent Drew Rosenhaus is scheduled to appear on David Letterman tonight and he is always good for a quote. That should shed some light on the situation.

Now the debate will begin on whether the Eagles are better off with him or without him and what recourse do the Eagles have?

They could fine him, deactivate him, trade him, cut him or satisfy him with a new contract. Cutting him is not going to happen. A new contract does not seem likely. And what good is a fine if he does not want to be Philly. If he is deactivated, the Eagles must pay him and that won't happen, either. Trading seems like the best alternative.

What would you do?

Breaking news on T.O.

Broadcast reports from Eagles camp say that Terrell Owens has left training camp after having a heated discussion with coach Andy Reid. More details to come.

Eagles early practice report

Back to business at training camp.

Inquirer staff writer Shannon Ryan reports from this morning's practice that Terrell Owens remains sidelined with the groin injury.

Add to the list offensive tackle Jon Runyan. There was no reason given for Runyan's absence.