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Mid-Day Report: Owens Sidelined Again

What's The Scoop:
Wide receiver Terrell Owens rested his sore left hamstring again Friday morning after missing his first practice of training camp Thursday.

Dressed in sweats and a baseball cap, Owens watched while the Cowboys practiced for two hours on a soggy River Ridge Complex field.

Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells said he didn't know when Owens would return to practice, but he wasn't concerned about his star receiver's hamstring. And Owens said Thursday he and the team are simply being cautious.

"I don't know that he has an injury," Parcells said. "I think he's worried about it. That's really what I think is going on."

The Cowboys plan to conduct a form of live scrimmage here Saturday. Parcells didn't say whether Owens will be available.

"Well he's got to get ready to play, that's for sure," Parcells said. "He's got a lot of work to do, so the sooner we get started the better."

Quick Shots:

  • Guard Stephen Peterman also missed his second consecutive practice with a sprained left ankle. Parcells said he expects Peterman to return by Monday.
  • Cornerback Marcus Coleman dropped a certain interception return for a touchdown during 11-on-11 drills.
  • Inside linebacker Akin Ayodele stuffed running backs Lousaka Polite and Julius Jones on consecutive goal-line plays.
  • Kicker Mike Vanderjagt missed roughly a 30-yard field goal during a simulated last-second drill. He made a 26-yarder two plays later.
  • Kicker Shaun Suisham drilled a 25-yard attempt during the drill, but Parcells waved it off because offensive lineman Matt Tarullo moved before the snap.
  • Marc Colombo continued to work with the first team at right tackle, ahead of Jason Fabini and Rob Petitti.
  • A group of NFL officials are here through the weekend to officiate practice and Saturday's scrimmage.

You Should've Seen:
Safety Roy Williams pop tight end Jason Witten during goal-line drills. Williams and Witten, who have received long-term extensions from the Cowboys in the last two weeks, collided when Witten attempted to catch a touchdown pass.

Who's Hot:
With Marcus Spears still rehabbing his surgically-repaired knee, second-year veteran Jay Ratliff has begun working with the first team at left defensive end ahead of Kenyon Coleman. Parcells has said Ratliff appeared to improve significantly in the off-season.

Who's Not:
Quarterback Drew Henson has struggled making throws at times in practice, and Marcus Coleman almost picked off one of his passes Friday morning. "He just needs to play better than he's playing right now," Parcells said of Henson, who is working behind Drew Bledsoe and Tony Romo.

Injury Update:
WR Terrell Owens, sore hamstring (8/3)
G Stephen Peterman, sprained ankle (8/3)
S Justin Beriault, mild concussion - expected to miss next few days (7/31)
DE Marcus Spears, knee (meniscus) - had knee scoped (7/30)

Missed Practice:
WR Terrell Owens (hamstring)
G Stephen Peterman (ankle)
S Justin Beriault (concussion)
DE Marcus Spears (knee surgery)

Returned to Practice:

DE Vontrell Jamison, released (8/2)
DE Jason Davis, signed (8/1)
LB J.J. Horne, released (7/31)
WR Ahmad Merritt, released (7/31)
CB Byron Parker, released (7/31)
TE Brett Pierce, placed on injured reserve (7/31)
T Flozell Adams moved from PUP to active roster (7/30)
LB Bobby Carpenter, signed (7/29)
T E.J. Whitley, placed on injured reserve (7/29)
T Flozell Adams, placed on active PUP (7/28)
S Darrell Brooks, released (7/28)
G Shannon Snell, released (7/28)

Top BILL-ing:
"Skyler's best chance on the team is to be as a returner. He's not in the top competition in receiving right now. I'm just giving you an honest answer. He's going to have to do a real good job in the return game." - Parcells on fourth-round pick Skyler Green.

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