Wednesday Beastlines

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley


  • With Terrell Owens no longer in Dallas, the spotlight is on Tony Romo: "Contrary to some, I think he's a natural leader," Jerry Jones said. "I think his leadership role will naturally foment; his position and his talent at that position, and him exerting leadership is a big ingredient to us winning. ... His awareness of his leadership responsibility is encouraging."

  • Romo has plans in October to attend Eastern Illinois' Homecoming with Hall of Fame inductions.

  • The Cowboys are hoping for some fan support in San Antonio: "We are definitely excited going back to San Antonio, being around all the fans," linebacker Bradie James said. "There will be a lot of people there, so we will practice well. That helps us out when you get in the dog days of camp, and you see all those fans out there."


  • Left tackle Jon Runyan is still a free agent.

  • Tight end Cornelius Ingram claims his knee is fine. "I've been catching on really good with the offense," Ingram said. "I've had the opportunity to be in there and get a lot of reps. My knee has been healthy the entire time. I've been getting better every day. I can see that I'm making strides and I feel real good about where I'm at right now."


  • Michael Boley won't be in the season opener.

  • More on this story from Ralph Vacchiano.

  • Hank Gola also had the story for the Daily New.

  • And Tom Rock of Newsday says the Giants knew Boley would face this situation when they signed him in May. "I wonder if knowing that a suspension was coming had any influence on the decision to surgically repair the torn labrum in Boley's hip last week, a procedure that carries an 8-10 week recovery period and could have cost Boley a chance to play in the opener anyway," writes Rock.


  • Wide receiver Trent Shelton is big on Twitter. He has a bunch of followers, and, even though he grew up in Fort Worth, he doesn't like "America's Team." "I hated the Cowboys, actually," he said.