Owens criticizes Dallas exit

The 2010 season kicks off Cowboys running back Felix Jones finds room between Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko, left, linebacker Michael Johnson and safety Roy Williams (Jones’ former teammate in Dallas) during the first quarter of the Hall of Fame Game.

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The 2010 season kicks off Cowboys running back Felix Jones finds room between Bengals defensive tackle Domata Peko, left, linebacker Michael Johnson and safety Roy Williams (Jones’ former teammate in Dallas) during the first quarter of the Hall of Fame Game.

CANTON, Ohio — Terrell Owens believes he should still be playing for the Cowboys.

Instead, he played receiver against them Sunday night as a Bengal in the Hall of Fame Game that opened the preseason.

"You have to take the bitter with the sweet, and you move on," Owens said. "Do I think I should probably be there? Yeah.

"It was short-lived. I was prematurely let go. Things like that happen."

Owens spent three seasons in Dallas. Even though he signed a four-year extension before 2008, he was released at the end of the season amid headlines that he feuded with quarterback Tony Romo and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

"There's no turning back or going back or redoing anything," Owens said. "I still stand by the things that I said and what was done. I know that, honestly, it wasn't my fault."

He played for Buffalo in 2009 and signed with the Bengals when camp started this year.

Before the game, Owens talked on the field with Cowboys, often laughing and joking around.

"I still have some great friends there," he said. "I think everybody is aware of what happened down there."

Cowboys 16, Bengals 7: Tony Romo went 5-for-10 for 59 yards on his only series, capped by a field goal, for Dallas. Owens was thrown to four times by Carson Palmer, catching two for 18 yards. That doesn't include a 5-yarder negated by a Chad Ochocinco penalty. Those were Pal­mer's only completions among five passes over two series.

Broncos: Rookie receiver Demaryius Thomas' left foot injury sustained Saturday, when he landed awkwardly after a catch, is not as bad as initially believed, the Associated Press reported. It was the same foot the 22nd overall pick broke during a predraft workout in March. The injury was not disclosed, but Demaryius should not be out long, the Associated Press reported. Also, linebacker Elvis Dumervil, whose 17 sacks last season led the league, will have surgery on his torn pectoral muscle Tuesday, the Denver Post reported. The Broncos have not said how long he will be out. But the Post and AP reported he likely will miss the entire season.

Colts: Backup defensive lineman John Gill was arrested and charged with public intoxication after a police officer said he found him passed out in a ditch on the side of an Indianapolis road about 4 a.m. Sunday. According to the report, the officer called out to Gill, who tried to stand up but kept falling over. He described the barefoot 23-year-old's blue shirt and khaki shorts as disheveled and soiled. The team said it was aware of the incident but wouldn't comment.

Falcons: Receiver Michael Jenkins will miss 4-6 weeks with a right shoulder injury. The team did not disclose details of the injury nor say if the Leto High graduate, who was hurt during a scrimmage Friday, will need surgery.

Giants: Safety Kenny Phillips, out since Week 2 of last season, has been cleared to practice on a limited basis. He had surgery on his left knee for patellofemoral arthritis, a degenerative condition.

Raiders: Quarterback Colt Brennan, cut by the Redskins last week, signed. Kyle Boller and former Redskin Jason Campbell are the only other healthy quarterbacks on the roster with Bruce Gradkowski (groin) and Charlie Frye (wrist) limited.

Seahawks: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, slowed by a sore hamstring, sat out the scrimmage portion of practice. Coach Pete Carroll said he expects Hassel­beck to be fine by Tuesday after today's day off.

Saints catalyst dies: Businessman Dave Dixon, who fought to bring an NFL team to New Orleans and was the catalyst behind construction of the Louisiana Superdome, died Sunday. He was 87. Mr. Dixon persuaded New Orleans officials to pursue a football franchise rather than baseball in the 1960s.

Tebow laughs off his new 'do

DENVER — Tim Tebow was all the buzz Saturday night at Broncos practice. The former Florida quarterback played well. But it was more for his ring of hair that made him look like a monk (think Friar Tuck).

Veterans gave Tebow and other rookies wacky haircuts. And they had to be displayed during warmups, when they couldn't be hidden under helmets.

"I think all the rookies had a good time with it," said Tebow, whose barber was former Kentucky linebacker Wesley Woodyard. "It was something to give everybody a laugh, something also to build chemistry."

During the scrimmage, Tebow threw for a TD and ran for one. "To go out there and play in (Invesco Field) for the first time was really exciting," he said. "To be able to have a drive and try to run the offense was fun."

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Owens criticizes Dallas exit 08/08/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 9, 2010 12:58am]

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