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orangemane Update June 2 7:30 P.M.
McNabb predicts Owens will end holdout
By ROB MAADDI, AP Sports Writer
June 2, 2005
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens aren't feuding. Or so says the Eagles' quarterback.
McNabb said Thursday he has talked to Owens since they exchanged verbal shots earlier this offseason. He insists his relationship with the All-Pro wide receiver isn't strained.
``We talked. Things are great,'' McNabb said with a hint of sarcasm.
Though he was unwilling to reveal details of the discussion, McNabb predicted Owens will report to training camp. Owens has been holding out of offseason minicamps because he wants to renegotiate the seven-year deal worth almost $49 million he signed in March 2004.
``He will be at camp. Now if he shows up to camp, he shows up. If he doesn't, hey, I'm just telling you my opinion,'' McNabb said Thursday after the second day of passing camp.
Seahawks release troubled former first-round pick Koren Robinson
June 2, 2005
KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -- Troubled wide receiver Koren Robinson, who was suspended for substance abuse last season and faces drunken driving charges, was released Thursday by the Seattle Seahawks.
The team also released veteran cornerback Bobby Taylor, signed as a free agent last season after starring with Philadelphia. Taylor was hampered by injuries for much of last year.
Last season, Robinson served a four-game league suspension for substance abuse. In January, coach Mike Holmgren benched him for skipping practice one day before an important game against Atlanta.
He pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Kirkland Municipal Court to drunken and reckless driving and is due back in court July 18.
Robinson was the ninth overall pick in the 2001 draft. His best season was 2002, when he had 78 receptions for 1,240 yards, the only Seattle receiver other than Hall of Famer Steve Largent to record a 1,200-yard season.
Roethlisberger denies he and Burress made up plays
By ALAN ROBINSON, AP Sports Writer
June 2, 2005
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger denied Thursday that he and wide receiver Plaxico Burress sometimes ignored the team's playbook in order to make up passing plays designed to get Burress the ball.
An ESPN.com story said Burress adjusted certain pass routes to fit the plays he and Roethlisberger came up with, regardless of the play called by the coaches. Roethlisberger laughed off the report, saying all quarterbacks and receivers adjust on the fly as plays develop.
``I think that's just called improvising,'' Roethlisberger said. ``You make things happen. Sometimes things break down and your only option is to make something happen that's not necessarily in the playbook. I think that's something Plax and I had and I think it's something me and these other receivers also have.''
Panthers DT fought depression, drinking during recovery from shoulder surgery
By JENNA FRYER, AP Sports Writer
June 2, 2005
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Sidelined with a shoulder injury most of last season, Kris Jenkins struggled to find something to fill his days. He tried video games, watching movies, and playing with his young son.
But without a strict schedule to follow, and unable to work out while he recovered from surgery, Carolina's defensive tackle, an All-Pro in 2003, fell into a downward spiral.
The low point came after the Panthers' Nov. 7 loss to the Oakland Raiders, when Jenkins was forced to watch Warren Sapp, a player he dislikes intensely, celebrate on Carolina's field.
Jenkins turned to drinking to get him through the long, lonely days.
``When we played Oakland and we lost to Sapp, I stopped going to the games then,'' Jenkins said Thursday. ``I was going to the games up to that point. I couldn't go to the games anymore. After that, that's when ... I've never been an alcoholic, but I upped my consistency of it.
Niners sign Heitmann to extension, release Gragg
June 2, 2005
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers and offensive lineman Eric Heitmann agreed to terms Thursday on a four-year contract extension.
The Niners also released offensive tackle Scott Gragg, who joined the team as a free agent in 2000.
Heitmann, entering his fourth season in the NFL, started every game last year at left guard for San Francisco. The seventh-round draft pick in 2002 has played 41 games in his career.
``His dedication, discipline and hard work has helped to identify Eric as the type of player we want on our team,'' coach Mike Nolan said. ``His youth, experience and versatility gives us flexibility on our offensive line.''
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