Originally created 11/23/05

Owens ruling to come today



PHILADELPHIA - A decision on Terrell Owens' grievance hearing against the Philadelphia Eagles is expected today.

Arbitrator Richard Bloch heard more than 13 hours of arguments last week. The Eagles said Tuesday they anticipate a ruling today on whether Owens' four-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team is justified.

Owens' side argued the penalty is excessive and the Eagles' plan to deactivate him once that time is up is too severe. Owens is seeking reinstatement to the Eagles or a release so he can sign with another team.

The Eagles maintain the suspension is fair and are willing to pay Owens about $1 million to stay home the final five games.

The All-Pro wideout was suspended Nov. 5.

The reigning conference champions are 0-3 without Owens and 4-6 overall, last in the NFC East.

Owens has five years remaining on a seven-year, $48.97 million contract.

EAGLES: Donovan McNabb is officially done for the season after Philadelphia placed him on injured reserve Tuesday.

McNabb will undergo surgery for a sports hernia. The five-time Pro Bowl quarterback was bothered by the injury most of the season and missed last Sunday's loss to the New York Giants.

HALL SEMIFINALISTS: Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman and perennial All-Pro defensive end Reggie White head a list of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Former Oakland punter Ray Guy of Thomson is also one of the semifinalists.

A list of 15 finalists will be announced in mid-January.

The class of 2006 will be determined at the selection committee's annual meeting Feb. 4 in Detroit, the day before the Super Bowl.

The list of 25 will be reduced by mail ballot to 13 modern-era candidates. The list will increase to 15 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two recommended candidates of the hall's seniors committee.

This year, they are former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden, and former Cowboys tackle Rayfield Wright.

STEELERS: Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return Monday night in for the game in Indianapolis, a big lift for a Pittsburgh offense that didn't run well or complete many passes in losing to Baltimore last weekend.

The downside for the Steelers in one of their biggest games of the season: Peyton Manning will be at quarterback for the other team.