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Postby Guttpuppy » Tue Jun 03, 2003 12:32 am

Jun 2, 6:09 PM EDT

Owens Again a No-Show at 49ers Minicamp

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Terrell Owens was a no-show Monday when the San Francisco 49ers began a four-day minicamp at team headquarters, meaning the All-Pro receiver has failed to attend each of the team's past three minicamps.

Owens attended San Francisco's first spring minicamp in early May, but was limited by a lingering groin injury and did not participate in team drills.

Coach Dennis Erickson, who spoke with Owens before the current camp began, said the receiver did not give a reason for his absence. Erickson also downplayed the fact that Owens was the only veteran on the roster not in attendance.

"It's a volunteer camp and he chose not to come," Erickson said. "That's his prerogative. I would have liked to have him here. But that's how it goes. That's his choice."

Owens, who led the NFL with 13 touchdowns receiving last season and has made the last three Pro Bowls, was held out of the final two games of the 2002 regular season to rest a groin problem that has persisted into this spring.

He is in the final year of his contract with the 49ers and can become a free agent in 2004. The 49ers hope to sign him to a new deal before the regular season begins.

"Of course, we'd prefer that he be here," 49ers general manager Terry Donahue said. "That's logic. But it's not mandatory and it's not that critical. He's an All-Pro player and he knows what he's doing. It's not something we're going to get worked up about."
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Postby Homeless » Tue Jun 03, 2003 8:47 am

Volunteer camps have to GO, what a ridiculous idea for pro sports.
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Postby slowkidz » Tue Jun 03, 2003 9:11 am

Homeless wrote:Volunteer camps have to GO, what a ridiculous idea for pro sports.


I couldn't agree with you more! And you know TO is just doing this outta spite...that and his ego's bigger than Jupiter!!! hehehe
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Postby Guttpuppy » Tue Jun 03, 2003 11:57 am

Garcia on this:

"T.O. is T.O.,'' Garcia said. ``He is his own guy and his own beast. He makes decisions based upon what he feels. That's how we've learned to accept his role. As much as we would love to have him here competing with us, we also know that he's battling injuries and trying to get healthy.''

Garcia said he preferred to find the positive side, noting that young receivers such as Cedrick Wilson, Arnaz Battle and Brandon Lloyd are getting an extended opportunity to make an impression.

Garcia missed the final day of a three-day passing camp last week because he had committed to attending a fundraising event. Garcia said that was a rare exception and, perhaps pointedly, explained that he has an obligation as a veteran to help show the way for younger players.

Of Owens, Garcia added: ``It's a situation where it's a team game. It would be great to have him out there working out with the team.''

we also know that he's battling injuries and trying to get healthy.

Battling injuries?
In June?
Hmm.
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