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Owens on Newman: 'He wasn't talking to me'

IRVING, Texas -- Terrell Owens doesn't believe he was being
called out by one of teammates as a player that needs to quit
talking and start playing.

"He wasn't talking to me," Owens said Thursday, responding to
comments cornerback Terence Newman made about unspecified players.
"He talked to me after practice, he wasn't talking to me. So I'm
not worried about that. Even if he was, I'm still not worried about
it."

The Dallas Cowboys (9-6) may be guaranteed a playoff spot, but
all is not well at Valley Ranch after consecutive home losses in
high-profile games. They missed a chance to clinch their first NFC
East title since 1998 -- and lost their control of the division with
one game left -- with a 23-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Owens had his NFL-best 12th receiving touchdown for the only
score against Philadelphia. But he had only two catches, and openly
complained after the game about his lack of involvement in the
Dallas offense.

"It was from the heart. There's nothing really to regret about
that," Owens said of his postgame comments. "I'm not the only
person that has expressed themselves about the disappointment of a
loss. ... It's just magnified because I say things and I'm a
competitive person and I don't like to lose. I know I'm very
valuable to this team and when I don't make plays it's magnified."

Owens has 79 catches for 1,063 yards, but also has an NFL-high
14 dropped passes -- of 144 passes thrown his way. In the third
quarter Monday, Owens let an almost perfectly thrown deep ball by
Tony Romo go through his hands on what would have been a gain of at
least 50 yards.

Newman sent a public message Wednesday that everyone needs to be
accountable, though he declined to say who specifically he was
talking about.

"People need to just start playing and stop talking so much,"
Newman said. "It's a show-me league and talking is not going to do
anything."

Owens said Newman came up to him after practice Thursday, and
the cornerback told him he wasn't talking specifically about T.O.

"Obviously, he said it was a message for the whole team, but
that wasn't directed toward me," Owens said.

Dallas closes the regular season Sunday at home against Detroit.
The Cowboys began December with a chance to get a first-round bye
as the NFC's No. 2 overall seed, but New Orleans -- a 42-17 winner
at Texas Stadium earlier this month -- clinched that when the
Cowboys lost Sunday.

The only way Dallas can win the division title is to win or tie
against the Lions, combined with a Philadelphia loss at home
against Atlanta.

Owens said he hasn't played as well as he should have, and
insists he's not looking for any excuses. He broke his right hand
in the second game, then has played the last month with a detached
tendon in the ring finger of the same hand that will require
surgery after the season -- the latter not made public until some
comments by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

"You guys would have never known, so I'm not going to make an
excuse about my finger. My finger's jacked up, that's just the
nature of it," he said. "It is what it is. If I was going to make
an excuse, I would have had the surgery, then I wouldn't be sitting
here talking about this."

Owens said the pain is constant, and can be "very
excruciating" depending on how the ball hits his hand.

That may have something to do with the dropped balls, but Owens
believes he's being treated differently than other players who play
through pain.

"If it was anybody else gutting it out with the way my hand is,
I'm guaranteeing you that they would be probably be saying that
he's a warrior, he's sucking it up for the team," Owens said.
"But just because it's me, that's not going to be the case. I
understand that. Is it fair? No. But you know what, I have to live
with that."