SHREVEPORT, La. -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said
Monday night that receiver Terrell Owens may have another MRI exam
taken to see why his hamstring continues to bother him after weeks
"Certainly it is sore and he is going to be working to improve
that," Jones said during halftime of Dallas' preseason game
against the New Orleans Saints. "We will be evaluating it more
The hamstring has bothered Owens since the first week of
training camp. He missed the first preseason game, then returned to
practice last week, but not enough for coach Bill Parcells to clear
him to play against the Saints.
Jones said he's not sure whether Owens will be on the field when
the team returns to practice Wednesday, which means he could also
miss the next preseason game, at home Saturday night against San
"Soft tissue is such a hard thing to get definitive about,"
Jones said. "You don't need an MRI to understand it is
compromising and bothering him. The main thing is it is not firing.
He needs to get to a point where it fires."
Jones said it's wrong to think Owens skipped a practice Saturday
because he was angry that Parcells ruled him out of the Saints
"That's humorous," Jones said. "There is no substance to
that. That is not the deal. Terrell and Bill are on the same page.
They both want him to be out there and without risk of him further
hurting his ham. There is no issue here about them being off the
The Cowboys led the Saints 17-0 at halftime, with quarterback
Drew Bledsoe throwing touchdown passes to Terry Glenn and rookie
Sam Hurd, who has worked a lot with Owens during training camp. It
was Bledsoe's first action of the preseason after also being held
out of the opener; he went 12-of-16 for 156 yards, leading Dallas
to three scores in four drives.
Bledsoe sat out a victory against Seattle last weekend because
Parcells wanted to give plenty of work to backup Tony Romo. That's
prompted speculation of Bledsoe's job being in jeopardy -- something
else Jones downplayed.
"I've never heard any debate about that from anyone on our
staff," Jones said.