Terrell Owens might be closer to returning to the field this season, even though the Philadelphia Eagles still don't want him back.
Arbitrator Richard Bloch did not issue a ruling after the 13-hour arbitration hearing that lasted well into last night.
Richard Berthelssen, general counsel of the NFL Players' Association, said a decision is expected by Tuesday and expressed optimism that Owens would not have to sit out the rest of the season.
The dismissed Owens -- who did not speak with reporters after leaving the hearing -- is seeking reinstatement.
''This discipline did not meet the legal standards of the collective bargaining agreement," said attorney Jeffrey Kessler, representing the union.
Berthelssen said that the hearing started at 9:30 a.m. with three hours of opening arguments from the players' association, followed by eight hours of team testimony, and another two hours from the players' association.
The All-Pro wideout was suspended on Nov. 5 following a series of incidents in which he again criticized quarterback Donovan McNabb, called the organization ''classless" and fought with former teammate Hugh Douglas, who serves as team ''ambassador."
Two days later, the Eagles extended the suspension to four games and told Owens not to return to the team. Owens is losing more than $200,000 per game from his $3.5 million salary. He would be paid for the games he doesn't play if the Eagles deactivate him as planned once the current suspension is up.