The Philadelphia Eagles sent wide receiver Terrell Owens a letter detailing his recent disciplinary issues as a precursor to possible sanctions if team officials feel such measures are necessary, NFL sources said yesterday.
The letter was delivered to Owens's home in Atlanta yesterday, said one source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the two sides are in a bitter contract dispute. Eagles Coach Andy Reid banished Owens from the club for a week after an argument between the two last Wednesday at the team's training camp in Bethlehem, Pa.
The Eagles were upset with Owens for skipping autograph sessions with fans and refusing to speak to assistant coaches, among other things. Owens is disgruntled because the Eagles refused to renegotiate his seven-year, $48.97 million contract after one season.
Eagles officials have said they don't intend to rework Owens's contract or trade or release him. But they apparently are considering suspending him again if they believe he is disrupting the team, and one source said the letter delivered yesterday is a protective measure in case Owens ends up filing a grievance against the club.
* STEELERS 38, EAGLES 31: At home, Pittsburgh scored on an interception return -- of Donovan McNabb's first pass of the preseason -- a punt return and a kickoff return, a trifecta of return touchdowns no NFL team has accomplished in a game that counted. Luckily for Philadelphia this one didn't, as it fell behind 14-0, 21-7 and 28-10 before rallying to make it close in the second half with reserves on the field for both teams.
The Eagles' first-team offense outplayed Pittsburgh's, except for Willie Williams's 10-yard interception return touchdown with 12 seconds gone, but that 14-0 deficit with only 2 minutes 5 seconds elapsed was too much to overcome with the starters playing just more than a quarter.
* RAVENS: Baltimore return specialist B.J. Sams was arrested and charged with drunken driving after a traffic stop.
Sams, 24, was pulled over shortly after 2 a.m. yesterday on Interstate 83 in Baltimore County, just north of the Baltimore city line, after his Chevrolet Tahoe was clocked going 89 mph in a 55-mph zone, Maryland State Police said.
The trooper who made the stop saw signs that Sams had been drinking, and after further investigation, Sams was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, negligent driving and speeding. Sams was released from custody around 4 a.m.
* STEELERS: Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward ended his 15-day holdout and reported to camp. He is entering the final season of a contract that pays him $1.66 million this season, but the two sides could complete a long-term extension soon.
* DOLPHINS: Miami signed tailback Ronnie Brown, the second overall selection in April's draft. Brown participated in the Dolphins' afternoon practice at the team's training facility in Davie, Fla., after signing what is believed to be a five-year contract containing about $20 million in bonus money.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.