Owens plans to speak with McNabb

PHILADELPHIA -- Terrell Owens is ready to end his feud with
Donovan McNabb.
Owens and McNabb haven't been on speaking terms throughout the
preseason, but the All-Pro wide receiver said Tuesday in an
interview on ESPN that he plans to talk to McNabb before
Philadelphia's season opener at Atlanta on Monday night.
"It's not that I hate Donovan. I love Donovan. I don't hate him
at all," Owens said, speaking publicly for the first time since he
returned from a one-week exile from training camp three weeks ago.
"I was just disappointed in a few things. I have the right to do
"Everybody speaks out of emotion. Everybody speaks out of
frustration. Everybody's done it. That means I'm human. If you want
me to go in and say I was wrong, maybe I was. Maybe I wasn't."
Owens started the friction in April when he took a shot at
McNabb, saying he "wasn't the guy who got tired in the Super
McNabb responded harshly, insisting he didn't get sick and
wasn't tired in the fourth quarter of the Eagles' 24-21 loss to New
After he was banished from camp last month following a heated
dispute with coach Andy Reid, Owens again went after McNabb,
calling the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback a hypocrite. Owens has
changed his act since returning to practice, and now he's finally
reaching out to McNabb.
Despite their icy relationship, McNabb and Owens had no trouble
on the field. In their lone appearance together in the preseason,
the two connected five times for 131 yards, including a 64-yard
touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage in a victory over
Cincinnati on Aug. 26.
Both players celebrated that score separately with other
teammates and ignored each other throughout the game, but Owens
said the silence won't continue.
"You guys will see. It's not going to be a yearlong thing," he
said. "Leading up to this Monday night game, things will get
worked out."
Owens dominated the headlines this offseason with his demand for
a new contract just one season into the seven-year, $48.97 million
deal he signed when he came to Philadelphia in March 2004.
The Eagles have refused to redo the deal.