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Monday, August 1, 2005 - Page updated at 06:23 PM

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NFL camp roundup: Owens shows up to Eagles camp

The Associated Press

Eagles

For once, Terrell Owens had nothing to say.

The disgruntled wide receiver showed up at Philadelphia Eagles training camp on Monday night, but declined to speak to reporters who chronicled his every move.

Owens ended speculation whether he would beat a Monday deadline to report to camp when he sauntered into the Eagles' training facility an hour before a 7:00 p.m. team meeting wearing a camouflage shirt and cap. He walked away from the gathered media, bobbing his head as he listened to music.

He left the talking to agent Drew Rosenhaus, who accompanied his high-profile client and said he will meet with Eagles coach Andy Reid and president Joe Banner on Tuesday to discuss Owens' contract.

"All the talk, all the rhetoric in the offseason is meaningless," Rosenhaus said. "He's here. He's not happy with his contract, but he's a professional and he'll do his best to help the Eagles win a championship."

Owens wants to renegotiate the seven-year, $48.97 million deal he signed after coming to Philadelphia in March 2004. The Eagles have said they have no intention of doing so.

"It's always productive when you have dialogue," Rosenhaus said. "We're looking forward to it."

Rosenhaus wouldn't rule out that Owens could leave camp, but said he's optimistic the two sides can avoid that scenario.

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"We're not here to negotiate in bad faith or threaten to walk out," Rosenhaus said. "This isn't about leverage."

While Philadelphia has its No. 1 wide receiver in camp, the team was missing Pro Bowl running back Brian Westbrook.

Westbrook signed a one-year, $1.43 million contract in June, but wants a long-term deal. He didn't stick to a pledge made earlier this summer that he wouldn't hold out.

Lions

Mike Williams has a football team again.

More than 18 months after his last game, Detroit's first-round pick signed a contract and ended a brief holdout.

The Southern California wideout flew into Detroit on Monday morning, signed his contract and took a physical, then worked out briefly with rookie quarterback Dan Orlovsky in the afternoon.

Williams missed four days of practice, including Monday morning's session.

Colts

Edgerrin James will get a taste of Japanese culture after all.

A week after threatening to get no closer to Tokyo than a stop at the Benihana restaurant chain, James backed down Monday, saying he would join his teammates on the roughly 14-hour flight that leaves Indianapolis on Tuesday.

"I'm going to go, I didn't have many options," he said. "I'm going to go ahead and get it over with."

The Colts are still debating how much James and the rest of the starters might play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons.

Coach Tony Dungy's game script isn't likely to be completed until Tuesday.

Ravens

Rookie linebacker Dan Cody sprained a ligament in his right knee Monday morning during Baltimore's first training camp practice. There is no timetable for his return.

"He's going to be evaluated later in camp, which means he'll be out until it settles down," Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said.

"(The doctors) know for sure it's between a second- and third-degree sprain."

The injury occurred midway through the morning session. Cody remained on the ground for several minutes before he was helped to his feet and to a waiting cart. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound Cody was to have been a big part of the Ravens' rejuvenated pass rush.

Running back Jamal Lewis will be released from an Atlanta halfway house Tuesday and will report to training camp Thursday for three days of sideline work with head trainer Bill Tessendorf. He will suit up for his first padded practice on Monday.

Chargers

Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman agreed to a five-year deal on Monday after missing just the first week of camp. His contract potentially is worth $15.73 million, with $9 million guaranteed.

Merriman, the 12th player picked in the NFL draft, caused a stir when he stayed away from both minicamps and other offseason workouts on the advice of his agent, Kevin Poston, who didn't like the wording in the agreement that protects players in case they get hurt before they sign a contract.

He is due in camp on Tuesday, when the Chargers have a night practice.

The Chargers' only unsigned player is All-Pro tight end Antonio Gates, who is seeking a long-term deal averaging between $4 million and $5 million a year.

Cowboys

Dallas cornerback Lance Frazier sat out practice Monday after spraining his left ankle.

Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said Sean Ryan underwent successful surgery to insert a screw into his left foot. The tight end could be back at practice in four to five weeks.

Panthers

Carolina linebacker Chris Draft had an asthma attack that forced him to leave practice early.

Draft said he would sit out the second practice of the day while he recovered. Diagnosed with asthma in college, Draft said he has typically been able to control it. His only serious attack happened last season during training camp with the Atlanta Falcons when he had to be hospitalized.

"It comes up more so in training camp," he said. "It is something I have to deal with."

Patriots

Wide receiver Tim Dwight was activated from the physically unable to perform list. New England also released nose tackle Ethan Kelley and wide receiver Jake Schifino.

Dwight, who underwent surgery on his right big toe in January, signed as a free agent last March 13 after spending the previous four seasons with San Diego. He participated Monday in his first practice of training camp.

Redskins

First-round picks CB Carlos Rogers and QB Jason Campbell officially became holdouts.

"We're making progress," agent Joel Segal said of Campbell's negotiations.

Redskins LB LaVar Arrington (knee) and DT Brandon Noble (knee) didn't practice and were placed on the physically unable to perform List because neither passed a physical.

WR James Thrash was excused from practice because of a family matter.

Vikings

Wide receiver Troy Williamson, the seventh pick in the NFL draft, finalized his contract.

That deal left defensive end Erasmus James, the 18th overall selection, as the only Vikings rookie without a contract. There was no progress to report there, as James' holdout continued into its third full day of training camp.

Williamson, expected to take part in practice at some point on Tuesday, agreed to a deal that contains some unusual bonus clauses and is essentially for five years. It includes $13.3 million in guaranteed money and could be worth up to a total of $32 million.

Rookie safety Dustin Fox will miss four to six weeks with a broken left arm.

Fox, a third-round draft pick, was injured Sunday. He broke the forearm bone that stretches from the inside of the elbow to the thumb side of the wrist.

Fox missed 31/2 games last season with Ohio State with a broken left arm that required surgery and the insertion of a plate.

Center Matt Birk has vowed not to miss the regular season opener because of spring surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. The anchor of the offensive line is probably two weeks away from beginning to participate in practice.

Titans

The Titans think their top draft pick, Adam "Pacman" Jones, could have been signed to a deal already. The cornerback's agent said that the team only has to say yes to bring the sixth pick overall to camp.

General manager Floyd Reese said he responded to a letter sent by agent Michael Huyghue with a letter of his own. Reese said he was befuddled since they are about $250,000 apart in a five-year deal with about $200,000 difference in guaranteed money.

Now the Titans are bracing for a potentially long holdout with Jones already having missed four days of training camp.

"This deal should've been done last night," Reese said. "I don't know what's going to be the impetus to get us over the hump."

Seahawks

Shaun Alexander reported to camp Monday, three days late because of the birth of his second child.

He compared the Seahawks to a family and expressed hope that he'll stay in Seattle for a long time.

"I would be shocked if I'm not here next year," Alexander said. "I would be shocked if I'm not here two years from now or three years from now."

Alexander signed a $6.32 million tender last week, the first step toward the long-term contract that the standout running back and the Seahawks front office both say they'd like to see.

Former Seahawks receiver Koren Robinson checked himself into a 28-day alcohol rehabilitation program in South Carolina, his Seattle-area lawyer said.

Robinson pleaded guilty July 18 to a charge of driving under the influence, but he faces an additional probation violation charge because he had alcohol on his breath when he reported to serve a 1-day jail term a few days later.

Packers

Running back Chris Robertson broke a knee cap in a 9-on-7 drill Monday morning, coach Mike Sherman said.

The Packers signed TE Tory Humphrey, a 6-2, 257-pound rookie from Central Michigan. He's a non-drafted free agent who was with the Colts from April 29-June 14.

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