11/22 News And Notes

Owens Frustrated With Team’s Offense

ESPN.com reports Dallas Cowboys WR Terrell Owens said in an interview that aired on the NFL Network Thursday, Nov. 20, he is frustrated by his numbers and the team’s offense this season. According to Owens, if the Cowboys’ goal is to get to the Super Bowl, the team “can’t obtain that championship if I’m not involved in the offense.” Owens added Friday, Nov. 21, that offensive coordinator Jason Garrett’s plan is not flexible, and defenses have caught on to his schemes and how to stop Owens. Head coach Wade Phillips said he did not entirely disagree with Owens’ comments. “In some cases they are true. I’d say us getting him the football is the most important thing because, again, he’s a great player, and we’ve got to get him the ball. And if he’s not getting the ball enough, then it goes back to us.”

Past PFC Radio Guest Ray Edwards Fined $25,000

Chip Scoggins, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings DL Ray Edwards has been fined $25,000 by the NFL for two plays considered unnecessary roughness in Week 11, according to a league spokesman. “In the first quarter, he leg whipped an opponent. In the second quarter, he unnecessarily struck the opposing quarterback late,” the spokesman wrote in an email. Edwards received a roughing-the-passer penalty after hitting Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jeff Garcia well after he released the ball on an incomplete pass.

A. Jones Can Join Team Monday

The Associated Press reports Dallas Cowboys suspended CB Adam Jones can join the team Monday, Nov. 24, and that he can play again Dec. 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers if he stays on his best behavior. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement Friday, Nov. 21, confirming the details of Jones’ return, noting that it can only happen “if he avoids any further incidents and fully complies with each and every condition that has been established for him.” It is believed that he must keep up with the aftercare of the alcohol rehabilitation program he underwent since being suspended Oct. 14.

Goodell Fears Economic Bite May Hit League In 2009

The Associated Press reports NFL commissioner Roger Goodell fears the economic downturn could hit the NFL in early 2009 when tickets for next season go on sale. Goodell said, “There’s no secret on sponsorship, advertising, licensing — those numbers are going to be impacted by the current climate. We’re aware of that. We’re still, unfortunately, in the beginning stages of this. And most of our tickets are sold in the spring. And so ’09 is going to be more of a barometer of how impactful the economic environment’s going to be on the NFL.”

Beason Fined $5,000

The Associated Press reports Carolina Panthers LB Jon Beason has been fined $5,000 for grabbing Detroit Lions QB Daunte Culpepper by the facemask in Week 11. A league spokesman said Beason was fined for unnecessary roughness.

Ainge Suspended For Four Games

The Associated Press reports New York Jets QB Erik Ainge has been suspended for four games for violating the league’s policy on steroids and related substances. Ainge will be allowed to rejoin the team Dec. 15.

J. Jones Questionable For Week 12

Pete Dougherty, of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, reports Green Bay Packers WR James Jones (knee) was held out of most of the team’s practice Friday, Nov. 21, and he is listed as questionable for Week 12. Jones aggravated the injury in last week’s game and during practice Thursday, Nov. 20.