* One day later, the news didn't get any better for the Cowboys.
Any hopes they have ending their three-game losing streak and possibly reclaiming their season will have to come without the services of receiver Terry Glenn, who will be sidelined for the near future with a mid-foot sprain.
According to several sources, Glenn, who suffered the injury during the first quarter of Sunday's embarrassing 41-20 loss to the Packers, could be sidelined at least six weeks.
Glenn wouldn't confirm how long he will be out, deferring to coach Bill Parcells.
Glenn will wear a cast for the next two weeks. Then the Cowboys will decide what to do with him, Parcells said.
"It's a minimum of two weeks before we can tell where we're going to go with it," Parcells said. "It's not something that you would operate on or anything like that, but he as a severe mid-foot sprain."
The injury is a huge disappointment to Glenn, who was en route to a solid season with 24 catches for 400 yards and two touchdowns. More important, he's disappointed he won't be there to help his teammates dig themselves out of their 2-4 hole.
"I am really in denial right now," Glenn said. "I can't believe it. We are struggling right now. To go down when our team is wounded is like a double whammy. Don't get me wrong, I felt I was on to something. But now we are missing a weapon. I feel I am player that can help this team win. We need all the help we can get."
Glenn's injury is complicated further because fellow receiver Quincy Morgan is day to day with a pulled hamstring.
Morgan, who joined the team last week, would be the logical choice to replace Glenn in the starting lineup opposite Keyshawn Johnson. However, his ability to learn the offense will be set back by any missed practice time because of the hamstring injury.
Veteran Dedric Ward is the next best option with Randal Williams there to provide depth.
If Morgan can't play against the Lions Sunday, the Cowboys might have to add a receiver from the practice squad, either Terence Copper or Patrick Crayton.
Parcells never considered making a change at quarterback during Sunday's loss to the Packers and doesn't foresee one in the near future.
He said it would have been unproductive to throw backup Tony Romo or third-stringer Drew Henson against a defense focused on rushing the quarterback.
"I thought it would be wise not to do it," Parcells said. "Now, at some point and time, I might, but that's not what I was looking to do."
Not now and not soon, not as long as the Cowboys still have life.
"You need to evaluate the quarterback I have's performance and quit worrying about the ones that aren't playing," Parcells said. "At some point, it might be a different story, but not now while we still have a chance to do something positive. It won't be for quite a while, I can promise you."
The defense didn't get all the blame for the loss at Green Bay. Parcells said the kickoff coverage and kickoff return units were awful in the game.
The coverage team, which came into the game ranked No. 1 in the league, was repeatedly gashed for long returns. Parcells blamed short and unacceptable kickoffs by Billy Cundiff and poor tackling.
The lackluster return game was blamed on faulty blocking by the deep wedge and poor decisions by deep backs Reshard Lee, Jacques Reeves and Quincy Morgan.
* WR Keyshawn Johnson had five catches for 73 yards, giving him 27 for 368 on the season. He says he still needs to do more.
* TE Jason Witten caught eight passes for 112 yards to become the first tight end to top the 100-yard receiving mark since Jay Novacek did it in 1995, also against Green Bay. Witten has 30 catches on the season, tops on the team.
* QB Vinny Testaverde has thrown a touchdown pass in every game this season. He also has passed for more than 300 yards three times. The Cowboys are 1-2 in those games.
* WR Quincy Morgan caught four passes for 76 yards in his Cowboys debut. His first reception was a 53-yarder, the longest play by a Cowboy this season.
* How easy did the Packers have it against the Cowboys defense? Their first punt didn't come until the fourth quarter, and that was because they were trying to run out the clock. The lowlights were Ahman Green's 163 yards rushing, including a 90-yard scamper, Terence Newman's continued struggles at cornerback and a host of missed tackles.
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