Cowboys Prepare for Scrimmage

OXNARD, Calif. - Bill Parcells talks about training camp and Saturday's scrimmage.

T.O. MIA AGAIN: For the second consecutive practice session, wide receiver Terrell Owens sat out due to hamstring soreness.

When asked if he was concerned about the situation, Parcells said, "Not concerned about it. He's got to get ready to play. He's got a lot of work to do so the sooner he can get started the better."

Parcells later said, "I don't think it's an injury. I think he's worried about it. That's what I really think is going on."

CARPENTER DOING JUST FINE: Parcells updated the media briefly on first round draft pick Bobby Carpenter Friday.

"(He's) doing fine. Smart," he said. "I would say mentally we've kind of moved him around a little bit but he seems to be able to handle it.

"He's pretty much a kid that kind of expects anything. You can't rattle him. He kind of knows that you might be asking him to do a couple of different things."

Carpenter has been playing on the inside in the Cowboys' nickel defense.

QUICK HITS: Parcells said of reserve running back Keylon Kincade, "Much improved player as well. Very complete kind of guy. Has good vision. I think he would be a very good special teams player. The kid has really developed himself the last couple of years." ... Parcells said of third team QB Drew Henson, "He just needs to play better than he's playing right now." ... Parcells said that Skyler Green's best chance to be on the field is as a returner. ... Guard Stephen Peterman missed his second consecutive practice with a sprained left ankle.

NEXT UP: The Cowboys return to practice Friday evening at 5 PM Pacific Time. The team will also hold its first scrimmage of training camp at 2:30 on Saturday. "I don't know how many plays we'll run but we'll run I'd say around 90. Not sure about that," Parcells said of Saturday's scrimmage.

COUNTDOWN TO GAMEDAY: The Cowboys have just 8 more days to prepare for their first preseason game of 2006. Dallas travels to Seattle on Aug. 12 for a road game against the Seahawks. The season opener in Jacksonville is now just 37 days away.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "This is really the toughest time of the year for pro football. The players are tired. They don't see the light at the end of the tunnel. By the same token, I think we need to be a little more battle hardened than we already are." - Bill Parcells on the state of affairs after one week of training camp.

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