T.O. says he was frustrated with loss -- but he still wants the ball

Updated: October 2, 2008, 2:33 AM ET
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Terrell Owens says his postgame comments about the Dallas Cowboys' offense were blown out of proportion -- and that he is not upset with quarterback Tony Romo.

On his radio show Tuesday night on KLLI-FM, the mercurial wide receiver refuted reports that he had complained to Romo after the Cowboys' 26-24 loss to the Washington Redskins. "I have not," he said.

After the loss, which dropped Dallas to 3-1, Owens fumed about not getting more opportunities.

"I'm a competitor and I want the ball," Owens said at the time. "Everybody recognized that I wasn't really getting the ball in the first half. … I'm pretty sure everybody watching the game recognized it, people in the stands recognized it. I think my team recognized it."

On Tuesday, Owens said those comments came out of his frustration with the loss to the Cowboys' NFC East rivals.

"It's a matter of being frustrated with the loss," Owens said on his show. "It had nothing to do with the offense."

That being said, he still wants to be a big part of the Cowboys' game plan.

"All I have said is I need more opportunities to help this team win," Owens said on his show. "It's me being confident in who I am. It's not going to be the last time you hear me say I need the ball."

Owens was criticized in some circles for his postgame comments, with some pointing out he had seven catches for 71 yards and 11 yards rushing on a pair of reverses in a total of 18 plays in which he was the target. On his radio show, he pointed out that not all of those passes were catchable.

"That is not to say nothing about Tony Romo," Owens said. "I am not going to be able to catch every ball thrown my way. Every pass was not a valid catchable pass."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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