Speaking publicly yesterday for the first time since wide receiver Terrell Owens was booted off the team for his constant criticism of the Eagles and Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia's Pro Bowl quarterback said the team is ready to focus only on football.

"It's unfortunate what the end result was with him not being able to get on the football field with us, but you have to move on," McNabb said. "Some things in life that you're a part of just don't go as well as you want them to."

While Owens was McNabb's favorite receiver on the field, Owens made McNabb his top target off it, firing one often puzzling criticism after another toward the quarterback until it cost him his roster spot. McNabb publicly took the high road, trying to diffuse the situation with humor, though he warned Owens to keep his name out of his mouth.

Safety Brian Dawkins, who tried to act as a mediator between the two, called Owens a good teammate and hard worker who simply let his outlandish comments overshadow his clutch catches.

Owens didn't play in Sunday night's loss at Washington, and will remain suspended for three more games without pay. After that, the Eagles plan to deactivate him for the rest of the season.

* L.A. LOOKING GOOD: The NFL and Los Angeles officials have reached a preliminary agreement on a funding arrangement to prepare the Los Angeles Coliseum for a possible return of a team to the nation's second-largest city. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue made the announcement yesterday on the steps of City Hall, but didn't identify a potential tenant or speculate when Los Angeles might get the team.

"We're one step closer, two or three steps closer," Tagliabue said. "Whether it's 2009, 2010, or 2000-whatever, our goal is to have definitive agreements on all subject matters well before our league meetings in March."

* LIONS: Quarterback Joey Harrington is getting another chance to start. With Jeff Garcia still bothered by a sore leg, Coach Steve Mariucci said that Harrington will start Sunday against the Cardinals.

* MOVES: The Patriots placed cornerback Duane Starks (shoulder) on injured reserve. . . .

The Cowboys signed linebacker Quentin Caver and released safety Tony Dixon. . . .

The Cardinals signed defensive end R-Kal Truluck.

* COURSON DIES: Steve Courson, a former offensive lineman for the Steelers who developed a heart problem after becoming one of the first NFL players to acknowledge using steroids, was killed when a tree he was cutting fell on him.

Courson, 50, was using a chain saw to cut down a dead 44-foot tall tree with a circumference of five feet when it fell on him, according to Pennsylvania state police. The accident happened around 1 p.m. at his home in Fayette County.

Courson started more than half of Pittsburgh's games from 1978 to 1984, when he was traded to the Buccaneers. He played on the Steelers' Super Bowl championship teams in 1978 and 1979.