PHILADELPHIA -- Out of respect for veteran Green Bay wide receiver Donald Driver, Eagles cornerback Sheldon Brown didn't spend any time last week perusing tape of Terrell Owens (Brown covered Driver in the Eagles' "Monday Night Football" victory over the Packers).
Then again, the studious Brown, a film-room fanatic who prepares off the field almost as hard as he does on it, theoretically shouldn't have to resort to celluloid scrutiny of the Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver and former teammate. For portions of two seasons in Philadelphia -- when Owens wasn't suspended or injured -- Brown and fellow cornerback Lito Sheppard worked against Owens in practice. Sheppard is expected to return to action Sunday after battling injuries the past three weeks.
In the NFL, while familiarity does breed contempt at times, it just as often can result in competitive advantage. Count on a little of both elements when the Cowboys visit Lincoln Financial Field for Sunday afternoon's much-anticipated return of Owens; yeah, expect him to be castigated loudly by the throaty Philadelphia fans.