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Bengals considered deactivating T.O. for last three games

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Though it’s now academic because Terrell Owens is done for the year due to injury, T.O.’s injury on Sunday was nearly avoided, because the Bengals seriously considered deactivating him.

Per a league source, the Bengals debated the possibility of choosing to put T.O. on ice each of the last three games of the season.  Though a team can’t send a player home with pay, it is impossible as a practical matter for the NFLPA to challenge a coaching decision to make a given player one of the eight per game who don’t dress on Sunday.

The move would not have been based on Owens’ controversial comments from the latest edition of The T.Ocho Show, but based on his attitude and performance in practice and games.

Though deactivation would have kept Owens from tearing a meniscus on Sunday, it could have hampered his ability to land with a new team in 2011, since it would have given him another issue to deal with as he looks for his next team.

On that note, Peter King of NBC reported during Football Night in America that Owens, 37, definitely won’t be back with the team in 2011, but that he plans to play for two more years.

The challenge will be finding a team that will employ him for the first of those two seasons.

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22 Responses to “Bengals considered deactivating T.O. for last three games”
  1. patriotsworld says: Dec 19, 2010 7:36 PM

    T.O. leaves another stain in his wake.

  2. laxer37 says: Dec 19, 2010 7:48 PM

    Now T.O. can concentrate on his other job…being a clown on TV.

  3. emmac13 says: Dec 19, 2010 7:49 PM

    Bye Mangini. Thanks Cincy.

  4. melikefootball says: Dec 19, 2010 8:11 PM

    T.O. will now consider another team to tear down….even with the type year he had in Bungal land. What as a fan I find so amazaing is the fact he still can promote himself and teams still TAKE a CHANCE on him. Does any owners look at the past for these type players. T.O. and Moss should have a radio show.

  5. bleedgreen says: Dec 19, 2010 8:15 PM

    Someone will pick him up. He’s produced enough this year.

    983 yards and 9TDs? He certainly would have gotten another 17 yards over the next 2 games to make it 1000 yards and 9 maybe 10TDs if he had played 16 games. Thats decent production on a team without a decent passing game all year. Giants, Redskins, 49ers, Raiders, Broncos, Chiefs, Cardinals could all use that.

  6. michaele11111 says: Dec 19, 2010 8:48 PM

    “laxer37 says: Now T.O. can concentrate on his other job…being a clown on TV.”

    You got it! Bengals got what they deserved for signing this fool. Ocho Stinko should try and learn something from this. But that might be asking more than he is capable of.

  7. ninjapleazee says: Dec 19, 2010 8:49 PM

    good riddance. karma is a bitch and so is T.O.

  8. granadafan says: Dec 19, 2010 8:53 PM

    TO will learn from Allen Iverson that being a selfish, loud-mouthed cancer on the team will kill your chances of future employment. Too bad for Owens that there’s no football team in Turkey.

  9. importantpftcomment says: Dec 19, 2010 8:55 PM

    No way does he sit out in 2011.

    Further, it is entirely possible that Batman and Robin could try to make themselves a package deal and go to another team together!

  10. desertbengal says: Dec 19, 2010 9:08 PM

    This injury is the best news yet. It’s clear that TO is one of the mail reasons this team went in the pooper this year. They looked like an entirely different squad out there once he left the game. I would be fine with our starting WRs being Andre Caldwell, and Shipley in ’11. At least the prima donnas will be gone.

  11. michaele11111 says: Dec 19, 2010 9:17 PM

    importantpftcomment says: “Further, it is entirely possible that Batman and Robin could try to make themselves a package deal and go to another team together!”

    You better put down the crack pipe before you OD. Brett Favre has a better chance of getting a job next year than the moron TO does.

  12. FinFan68 says: Dec 19, 2010 9:35 PM

    importantpftcomment says:
    Dec 19, 2010 8:55 PM
    No way does he sit out in 2011.

    Further, it is entirely possible that Batman and Robin could try to make themselves a package deal and go to another team together!

    —————————————-
    Since they do better on their reality TV show than on the football field…Paris & Nicole seems more appropriate. Ther is no way ANY team will sign both of these guys. 85 might get a gig as a #2 but 81 cannot keep from saying stupid stuff. I fully expect him to blame his injuries on the trainers. He had skills but his character and attitude drop his value below league minimum. He’s done.

  13. oldcracker says: Dec 19, 2010 10:21 PM

    Are we out of popcorn yet? This has been some kind of show, this year.

  14. txraiderfan says: Dec 19, 2010 11:21 PM

    T.O. is a clown! He is a team cancer, and he diminishing skills can’t make up for his loud mouth, stupidity, and team-destroying attitude.

  15. blitzburg10 says: Dec 19, 2010 11:29 PM

    when will these teams realize that this guy is a complete WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY!! there is a reason that this guy has never won anything.
    …any jackass franchise that pays him a penny deserves what they get from him….DRAMA AND AGGRAVATION!

  16. geetee52 says: Dec 19, 2010 11:50 PM

    Baggage and all, I’d still take T.O. on the Dolphins.

  17. andyprough says: Dec 20, 2010 12:01 AM

    Three words: Al Davis

  18. daz99 says: Dec 20, 2010 12:03 AM

    Heres a thought, Maybe T.O. could take Mike Brown with him.

  19. owensdefense says: Dec 20, 2010 2:43 AM

    “The move would not have been based on Owens’ controversial comments from the latest edition of The T.Ocho Show, but based on his attitude and performance in practice and games.”

    Hmmm…one small problem. Owens barely even practiced the past 2 weeks because of his bad knee.

    Mike Brown will use anything to get out of having to pay extra. Whaddaya know, Owens stops 17 yards shy of 1000 and 1 TD shy of 10.

  20. owensdefense says: Dec 20, 2010 2:44 AM

    “This injury is the best news yet. It’s clear that TO is one of the mail reasons this team went in the pooper this year. They looked like an entirely different squad out there once he left the game. I would be fine with our starting WRs being Andre Caldwell, and Shipley in ’11. At least the prima donnas will be gone.”

    Yeah, a 19-17 victory over the amazing Browns. You know, the same team Owens went for over 220 yards against the first time around?

  21. pondbridge says: Dec 20, 2010 5:02 AM

    Hard to think of teams that would be willing to take on this cancer, particularly as Moss is younger and will also be hunting for a one-year-rent-a-team. Detroit? Denver? Final year of course with Count Chocula in Oakland.

    Ocho to NE. Coach Hoodie loves him. Palmer to Arizona, as Kurt Warner 2.0. McNabb as safe hands in Minn-LA.

  22. dpats9 says: Dec 21, 2010 4:40 PM

    You are correct Pats Coach loves Ocho stinko and may take him if price is right and they feel they can keep him in line. Key with this type is to make sure he gets payed if he performs but not if he wants to be a clown.
    In other words little or no guaranteed money !

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