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Lito Sheppard toes the line


During camp and during preseason Lito Sheppard made no secret of his unhappiness. He wanted a new contract, the Eagles didn't give it to him. He wanted to start, the Eagles put him as #3 on the depth chart.

His agent, Drew Rosenhaus, stirred up trouble by saying Lito would be traded within a few weeks and by criticizing Sheldon Brown.... But as we approach Eagles/Cowboys Lito is all business.

"We're just going about the regular game plan," Sheppard said after practice yesterday. "Nothing's changed. It all depends on what (formations) they're in. When Asante is in there, he'll hold it down. When Sheldon's in there, he'll hold it down. And when I'm in there, I'll hold it down."

In the last Eagles Cowboys game Lito followed Owens around the field and shut him down. In fact, I don't need to tell Eagles fans that Lito's best moments have come against Dallas. So what will his role be Monday Night?

"We'll see how it goes," Sheppard said. "It's a team game and a team defense, and everybody has to do what they're supposed to do. I'm just going to go out and play ball. In a game of this magnitude — Monday Night Football, Dallas — who wouldn't want to have a great game?"

Sounds like Lito got te message. The only route to getting everything he wants, whether that's more money or a different team is to go out and prove himself on the field. If he's healthy and productive this year he'll get his money one way or the other this offseason.

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