- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 6, 2005

Two days after criticizing the Philadelphia Eagles’ front office and quarterback Donovan McNabb, receiver Terrell Owens was suspended indefinitely by the team yesterday and will not play tonight against the Washington Redskins.

The Eagles released a statement saying only Owens was suspended “for conduct detrimental to the team.”

Philadelphia (4-3) will start receivers Greg Lewis and rookie Reggie Brown against the Redskins (4-3).

Owens was suspended for a week during training camp, and five years ago he was suspended for one game by San Francisco coach Steve Mariucci following his touchdown celebrations on the Dallas Cowboys’ star logo at midfield of Texas Stadium.

In a Thursday interview with ESPN.com, Owens slammed the Eagles for not recognizing his 100th career touchdown reception against San Diego on Oct.23 and agreed with the opinion of ESPN commentator Michael Irvin, who said the Eagles would be undefeated if Brett Favre were the team’s quarterback.

“A number of commentators will say he’s a warrior. He’s played with injuries,” Owens said of Favre. “I feel like him being knowledgeable about the quarterback position, I feel like we’d probably be in a better situation.”

Owens apologized in a statement and during a weekly radio appearance Friday.

On his radio show, Owens said of the Favre/McNabb comment, “This is one I really regret. I said earlier in the interview that we would have a better record if Donovan wasn’t injured.”

Owens leads the Eagles in receptions (47), receiving yards (763) and touchdown catches (six) this season. Under the NFL collective bargaining agreement, he can be suspended a maximum of four games. If Owens is docked a game check, it will cost him $205,882.

Novak released

After carrying two kickers on the active roster since Week 2, the Redskins — after deciding yesterday veteran John Hall is healed from his quadriceps injury — released rookie Nick Novak.

The team also released defensive back Dimitri Patterson and promoted practice squad players Robert Johnson and Robert McCune to the 53-man roster.

In five games, Novak, a former Maryland standout, was 5-for-7 on field goals and 15-for-15 on extra points. His 39-yard field goal in overtime gave the Redskins a 20-17 win over Seattle in Week 4.

Johnson, a tight end, signed with the Redskins early in training camp and joined the practice squad after he was waived. His only NFL experience was with Chicago in 2003.

McCune, a linebacker, was a fifth-round draft choice by the Redskins last spring. Like Johnson, he has been on the practice squad the entire season since being cut following the final preseason game.

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