TORONTO - Terrell Owens’ comeback attempt may be over just as it began.
Owens and agent Drew Rosenhaus went to the extreme measure of staging an in-season workout for the out-of-work wide receiver on Tuesday.
While the stunt drew a respectable amount of media attention, not a single scout from a single NFL team bothered to show up.
Knowing that the workout would already be televised on the NFL Network, it’s possible that teams opted to scout from the comfort of their own homes, but that’s rarely how it works in the NFL.
If a team was actually interested in seeing whether Owens is still capable of playing at the highest level, they would have made the trip and scouted it themselves.
Despite the lack of apparent interest by the very teams he is trying to attract, Owens was upbeat after the workout.
“I only need one team,” Owens told the NFL Network. “I only need one chance.”
For the record, Owens didn’t even bother running a 40-yard dash during the workout.
BERRIAN A GONER
Now into his third unproductive season with the Minnesota Vikings, Bernard Berrian was finally handed his walking papers on Tuesday.
The 30-year-old receiver joined the Vikings back in 2008 and played well his first season but has been a bust ever since.
His downturn coincided with the arrival of Brett Favre in 2009. Even after Favre left, Berrian has been a disappointment.
He will go on waivers and if unclaimed will still collect the remainder of the $1.9 million contract the team and Berrian agreed to prior to this season.
Berrian took a huge paycut to remain in Minnesota but any hopes that this might be a wake-up call quickly fizzled.
In five games — he was a healthy scratch in two including Sunday’s loss to Green Bay, Berrian caught just seven balls for a total of 91 yards.
He has not scored a touchdown since midway through the 2009 season.
RUSSELL TALKING NOW
JaMarcus Russell is finally having his say about his aborted NFL career in Oakland.
But if he thinks the feeble defences he put forth for his woeful attempt at a career in the upcoming edition of Sports Illustrated will help earn him another one, he remains as delusional as he appeared as a Raider.
Russell says he was diagnosed with sleep apnea after falling asleep during film and team meetings.
He then paints himself as a victim saying when things went wrong it was always his fault.
“Things weren’t going right, and it felt sometimes like everything fell back on me,” Russell told S.I. “I take some responsibility, but I was one guy ... I may have missed a throw, but I didn’t give up 42 points, I didn’t miss a block.”
Good to see he’s taking some responsibility or at least admitting to some. Hell, for a $61-million six-year contract, that’s the very least you can expect from a guy.
With revelations like these, it’s no wonder Russell will go down as the biggest bust in NFL history.
'SKINS HIT HARD
The Washington Redskins are quickly catching the St. Louis Rams for NFL team most seriously affected by injury.
Already down wideout Santana Moss for the next six or seven weeks and with the expected news that Tim Hightower’s season is over, there was at least one bombshell that landed yesterday that caught most by surprise.
Tight end Chris Cooley joined Hightower on the injured reserve list ending his season.
A bad knee had severely limited Cooley’s playing time and a broken index finger put him out of action for at least six weeks in mid-October.
The knee injury is the bigger problem and the one that convinced the Redskins to end his season.
On the positive side, Cooley’s absence opened a door for Fred Davis who has shown himself to be a more than adequate replacement for Cooley.
Davis has 28 receptions and accumulated 423 yards and two touchdowns in five games.
Unfortunately the Redskins don’t have the same kind of depth at wide receiver where Moss’ absence will be a major concern.