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COWBOYS' WILLIAMS IN A NEW WORLD

The moment Roy Williams knew his world had changed came last week when the Cowboys, who face the Bucs today, checked into their hotel in St. Louis.

"Going to the hotel in St. Louis, it was like the paparazzi was waiting for us," said Williams, acquired in a trade with the Lions on Oct. 14. "It's all fans with flashing lights from the cameras. I've never seen anything like it."

The paparazzi doesn't follow the Lions? "Nooooo," he joked. "Detroit barely gets highlights on ESPN. But the Dallas Cowboys are on every second of the day. That's a big difference."

Fellow wideout Terrell Owens was the first to talk to Williams via cell phone after the trade was finalized. Williams thinks it was the start of a great friendship.

"I think I can work and complement T.O. on the other side," he said. "I'm not worried about balls, I promise you that. I'm worried about W's. That's all I care about."

Bucs: Running back Clifton Smith was activated and will likely return kicks and/or punts today at Dallas. Offensive tackle Anthony Davis was released to make room on the roster.

Steroid reports: Saints defensive end Charles Grant is among several players, including teammates Deuce McAllister and Will Smith, who violated the league's steroid policy, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. ESPN.com confirmed the number of cases pending is eight.

Panthers: Defensive tackle Darwin Walker was involved in a minor car accident and was listed as questionable for today's game against the Cardinals.

Rams: The league denied the team's attempt to rework a contract with coach Jim Haslett that would ensure him a job beyond this season if he won six games. Officials cited the Rooney Rule, a requirement that minority candidates be interviewed for head coaching vacancies.

Steelers: Running back Willie Parker (knee) is not expected to play today against the Giants.

Titans: Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin) practiced and hopes to be 100 percent against the Colts on Monday. And wideout Justin McCareins (hamstring) expects to play.

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