NFL Drug Testers to Keep Eye on Owens

Cowboys star missed test in midst of contract negotiations
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 10, 2008 1:32 PM CDT
Pro Bowler and Cowboys star Terrell Owens missed a NFL official's calls because the league had an outdated cell phone number for him, he says.   (AP Photo/Ronen Zilberman, File)
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(Newser) – Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens has been put on the NFL's "reasonable cause" group for drug screening after failing to make himself available for a random test, ESPN reports. Owens' "plausible" excuse for not returning the league's calls on that day has saved him from disciplinary action, though not from future scrutiny.

The Cowboys had no qualms offering Owens a $13 million contract extension, and the star isn't concerned about the league's move either. "It's not a big deal. Anything I do is going to grab headlines. I have nothing to hide," he says. Owens can be tested up to 24 times a year, potentially through the end of his career.