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Eagles WR Owens in N.J. on eve of return

MOORESTOWN, N.J. (Aug. 16, 2005) -- Terrell Owens was within commuting distance of Eagles training camp after returning to his home in this Philadelphia suburb but ducking questions about whether he planned to be back with the team when his weeklong banishment ends Aug. 17.

Owens was first spotted outside his mansion after 8 p.m., accompanied by two women and two men who minutes earlier were seen putting luggage into a light-colored SUV in the driveway.

Asked by a throng of reporters if he had a comment, he uttered a one-word response of "No."

Dressed in dark clothing, Owens again emerged from his home just before 9:30 p.m. and got into the driver's seat of a green SUV, accompanied by at least two other people.

He ignored reporters' questions and waved to fans as he drove away, stopping at the end of his block where he rolled down the window, signed some autographs and sped off. About a half-hour later, Owens returned, accompanied by agent Drew Rosenhaus, who was carrying takeout food.

Owens was kicked out of Eagles camp in Bethlehem, Pa., last week after a heated dispute with coach Andy Reid, who told him not to return until Aug. 17. He was not expected to practice again until he meets with the coach.

While his intentions were not clear, the All-Pro receiver has been unequivocal in saying he won't be happy without a new contract. Philadelphia has repeatedly refused to redo the seven-year deal Owens signed before last season.

Owens had spent the weekend at his home in Atlanta. He attended the Falcons' preseason game Aug. 13 against the Baltimore Ravens at the Georgia Dome, fueling speculation he was seeking a trade. Falcons officials have said privately there's no chance they could pull off a trade for Owens.

Owens blasted Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in interviews last week, calling him a "hypocrite" and saying the two of them could not be successful together. Owens also said he had no desire to speak with McNabb.

McNabb insisted he wasn't stung by the criticism, laughing off the remarks before turning serious and telling Owens to "keep my name out of your mouth."

Owens set team records with 14 touchdown receptions and finished with 77 catches for 1,200 yards last season. He defied his doctor's advice, returned from a broken leg and severely sprained right ankle to catch nine passes for 122 yards in the Super Bowl.

The Associated Press News Service

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