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T.O. gives short-winded opinion on no-huddle

The no-huddle offense gets receiver Terrell Owens a little winded, a fact he joked about with Boston-area media on Wednesday.

Asked on a conference call if he liked the no-huddle offense, a glib Owens replied: "No, not really. But I gotta deal with it."

Then Owens laughed and continued. "No, it's all right. It just gets you a little winded. For myself, I haven't really practiced much the last few preseason games so I'm still trying to get myself into shape and that's coming around. We're doing some things in the offense that will help me get in shape a little bit faster than I need to, especially with the upcoming Monday night game. You know, that's part of our offense and we're looking forward to it.

"I've gotten a taste of it since the OTAs and I know what to expect. That's sometimes a plus for the offense, especially if we can kind of wear guys down and keep them on the field and don't allow them to make substitutions. But you know, it's something we're looking forward to and we're going to try it out."

Later in the day, Owens said via Twitter "I clearly was joking."

Owens also was asked how much he has left at age 35.

"Left? Man, I feel good," Owens said. "I know it's early in the season, but I don't know what it is, but I feel like I'm drinking from the fountain of youth every day. I'm playing the game at a high level. If you would see me in practice, you'd never think I'm 35. And the other guys tell me that, as well."

Owens closed the conference call by saying: "Tell [Bill] Belichick I say, 'Hi.' I'll see him Monday."

Owens also was happy about the fact he found out this week his reality television show on the VH1 network was renewed for a second season.

"Yeah. Season 2 is coming," Owens said. "But right now I'm focused on the T.O. show on the field."

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The Bills and Patriots are not required to submit an injury report for the game until today. Bills cornerback Drayton Florence (knee) and tight end Derek Fine (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday. Defensive tackle Spencer Johnson appeared to work on a limited basis.

e-mail: mgaughan@buffnews.com

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