Yes, it was too good to be true. Terry Glenn's "comeback" to the New England Patriots is spiraling down again, and sources believe he may have played his last game of the 2001 season.
Glenn's latest spat with coach Bill Belichick is centered on the hamstring injury he suffered after playing in his only game, Oct. 8. Sources say the wide receiver has been fined $11,400 -- or $3,800 on three separate occasions -- for missing a treatment, a position meeting and refusing to test the hamstring last week by stepping on an exercise machine.
||Until I saw Michael Vick, I thought Terry was the greatest athlete I've ever seen. I mean that. ”
||— Falcons receiver Shawn Jefferson
Glenn declined to step on the machine because he believed he aggravated the injury by complying with a similar request the previous week, sources said. The Patriots, tired of the saga, could put him on injured reserve, thereby ending his season as an active player. Glenn is seeking assistance from the players union over this latest squabble.
The Patriots and Glenn remain in opposition over a grievance in which the team wants to erase the $11 million signing bonus Glenn received last year via a contract extension. The Patriots were unable to trade Glenn prior to the Oct. 23 deadline because of the uncertainty of the salary-cap accounting issues related to the signing bonus.
Glenn will not play against the Falcons on Sunday. Falcons receiver Shawn Jefferson, a former teammate, described Glenn's lost potential in a media conference call this week: "How many people would give [anything for] what Terry has in ability? Until I saw Michael Vick, I thought Terry was the greatest athlete I've ever seen. I mean that."