Terrell Owens has expressed resentment toward Tony Romo, apparently jealous of the Dallas quarterback's relationship with tight end Jason Witten, according to an ESPN.com that cited multiple sources.
One source said Owens feels that Romo and Witten - close friends and road roommates - hold meetings in which they create plays without including Owens in the conversations. Owens is said to think this has caused Romo to get passes to Witten regardless of whether Owens is open.
"I don't know anything about that," coach Wade Phillips said.
Owens declined comment.
Linebacker Bradie James told ESPN that, as a team captain, he has played a peacemaker role between Romo and Owens.
"Whenever the fire gets blazing, I know," James said. "Sometimes, I don't want to step on anybody's toes, but we all talk. It just is what it is . . . It's just two different guys, two different personalities and they know what's at stake. They know that everybody needs them. And there's no dislike. It's just sometimes, not everybody is going to see eye to eye. That's what makes a football team."
A current Cowboys player compared Owens' behavior to that which led to problems with his former quarterbacks, Jeff Garcia in San Francisco and Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia.
"He's insecure about it," the player said of Owens. "The thing that bothers me more than anything about this problem is that it's always something with him -- San Fran, Philly and here; always something. And he brings other people into it. You know, he talks to Sam Hurd and Roy Williams, who just got here and doesn't really know these guys. TO talks to him and so now he probably thinks Witten politics with Tony for the ball.
"That's so far from the truth. You think Tony is throwing to him because that's his buddy? His best buddy is Bobby Carpenter, and that's not helping him too much. It's crazy to think that, and I hate that he acts that way."
Witten leads the Cowboys with 64 receptions to 55 for Owens, who has a team-high 848 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
"I think Tony is over the mind games," the player said. "It would help if Tony would stand up to him, but he would never do it. He does a great job of ignoring it and not letting it affect him, and that's why it has worked as good as it has. It's just hard. I think right now everybody is to the point where, 'We're going to need him, so let's not [tick] him off.' "
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