Reid: Owens won#039;t fake any injuries

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 14, 2005

The Associated Press

Disgruntled All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens isn't faking a groin injury, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid says.

Owens left the morning practice after injuring his left groin Thursday and did not return for the team's afternoon workout in Bethlehem, Pa.

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''It's a legitimate injury,'' Reid said. ''This guy would never do that. He's not that type of guy. He would never go in that direction.''

Owens is still hoping the Eagles will redo his contract. He's beginning the second season of a seven-year deal worth just under $49 million.

Reid said groin problems are a chronic condition for Owens.

''I'm being cautious with it,'' Reid said. ''I don't want it to get worse. It's a constant battle.''

During the morning practice, Owens walked to the medical tent before being carted off the field. Reid said he's day-to-day.

Last season, Owens had 77 receptions for 1,200 yards and a franchise-record 14 touchdowns before severely injuring his ankle late in the season. He missed the final two regular-season games and the first two playoff games before returning for the Super Bowl, in which he had nine receptions for 122 yards.


Jamal Lewis' return to the Ravens has hit a snag over technicalities regarding his probation on a federal drug conspiracy charge.

The former All-Pro running back was released Tuesday from an Atlanta halfway house. He was expected to report to the Ravens on Thursday, but his attorney, Jerome Froelich, said Lewis has to meet with his probation officer in Atlanta.

''I'm going to have to bite my tongue on this one,'' Baltimore coach Brian Billick said at camp in Westminster, Md. ''We'll continue to deal with the process that he has to deal with. It seems to be ever-changing at times.''

Lewis pleaded guilty last October in federal court in Atlanta to using a cell phone to try to set up a drug deal in 2000, shortly after the Ravens drafted him fifth overall.


Wide receiver Brandon Stokley dislocated his left shoulder during practice for the American Bowl in Japan and could be sidelined up to four weeks.

Stokley, who caught Peyton Manning's record-setting 49th touchdown pass last year, might miss Indianapolis' regular-season opener against Baltimore on Sept. 11.

''It's going to be tight, it sounds like,'' Colts coach Tony Dungy said in Tokyo.

As Manning's third option last season, Stokley caught 68 passes for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns.


Safety Mike Minter was taken off the field after practice with his left knee heavily wrapped in ice.

Carolina coach John Fox said Minter sprained his knee, but added the extent of the injury will not be known until possibly Friday.

The injury occurred during live goal-line drills late in Spartanburg, S.C.

Considered the emotional leader of the defense, Minter has started 109 games with that unit, more than any player in team history.


Video coordinator Dave Hack was shaken up after lightning struck near where he was working atop a tower during Miami's afternoon practice in Davie, Fla.

Hack, who has worked in the team's video department for 32 years, was treated and not seriously injured. He was not hospitalized.

The strike hit about 40 minutes into a planned two-hour workout, the remainder of which was canceled.

Severe thunderstorms and high winds moved through much of South Florida during the afternoon.


Injury-prone defensive lineman Courtney Brown dislocated his left elbow and is expected to miss 3 to 6 weeks.

Brown was injured toward the end of a play during a practice that was moved indoors because of rain.

Coach Mike Shanahan said X-rays showed no breaks.

''He's done everything in the offseason to get himself ready, and his previous injuries are feeling great, so to have something like this happen to him I'm sure is disheartening,'' Shanahan said.

Brown, the first pick of the 2000 draft, has played only one full season. Last year, he missed 14 games with an injured foot. Other injuries have been to his elbow, biceps, neck, knee and ankle.


Seattle traded cornerback Kris Richard to Miami for defensive end Ronald Flemons.

Richard, a third-round draft pick in 2002, spent his first three seasons with the Seahawks as a backup and special teams player.

''Kris was on the bubble for us,'' general manager Tim Ruskell said at camp in Cheney, Wash. ''We're always looking for defensive linemen.''

Flemons has played in six games in four seasons with Atlanta and Miami.