He's oversleeping! So says Owens copy

Published August 29, 2006

IRVING, Texas - Terrell Owens overslept. That's it. He insists he wasn't late for work Friday to send a messages to his bosses, test his boundaries or anything else his critics might believe.

And he says it'll probably happen again, even if he was fined $9,500 by coach Bill Parcells.

"I think everybody has overslept once or twice in their life," said Owens, who apologized to teammates then missed his 20th practice Monday . "It's really not a big issue."

Owner Jerry Jones agreed, insisting it's wrong to read more into it because of Owens' past.

"Apart from him not being on the field and getting repetitions, has it in any way affected relationships on this team, teammates on this team, relationships between me and Bill, me and the coaching staff, Terrell and Bill, Terrell and the coaching staff?" Jones said. "Zero impact there."

Added Owens: "I feel like I'm doing above and beyond things to get back on the field, whether a lot of people know that or not," he said. "I think it's sometimes unfair that I'm getting all this criticism because I'm hurt."