T. Owens Could Be Subjected to Additional Drug Testing
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens reportedly has been placed in the NFL's "reasonable cause" testing program for performance-enhancing drugs after being unavailable for a recent random test.
Owens missed calls to schedule a test, according to reports, and now is subject to as many as 24 annual tests for performance-enhancing drugs.
He reportedly indicated that the league did not have an updated cell phone number for him.
"It was openly discussed and cleared up in a meeting that I had at the NFL office last week," Owens said in a written statement, according to the Dallas Morning News. "I have been in the NFL for over 12 years and have never had a positive test for substance of any kind. That includes tests that took place as recently as last month. The matter was resolved to everyone's satisfaction last Tuesday, and everyone has moved on."
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a written statement that he knew about the matter before agreeing to a three-year, $27 million contract extension with Owens.
"We had no reservations about extending his contract," Jones said. "We make those decisions based upon our knowledge of a player over the course of his entire career. We signed Terrell to the new contract because there are no issues with Terrell."
The incident was first reported by ESPN.
By Mark Maske |
June 10, 2008; 11:02 AM ET
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