Bledsoe In, Owens Out

After breaking camp in Oxnard, Calif., the Dallas Cowboys will square off against the New Orleans Saints Monday night in Shreveport, La.

BLEDSOE IN, OWENS OUT: Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells said Saturday that Drew Bledsoe will start Monday's preseason game against New Orleans.

He also said he doesn't expect to play Terrell Owens.

"Bledsoe will start, yes," he said. "I don't think Owens is going to play, no. He's gotten some pretty good work in this week. I'm going to hopefully get his first real game action in next weekend."

"I don't think you can get ready to play pro football by practicing five or six days."

STANLEY IMPROVING ... BUT: One player who has remained under the radar through the course of training camp is sixth round draft pick Montavious Stanley.

Parcells commented on Stanley's performance Saturday.

"Like any young player who's playing in a defense that's foreign to him, he was a one-gap player in college and now this nose tackle position is quite a bit different than what he played at Louisville," Parcells said.

"He does have the body type and the physical strength. He is a good worker. He's gotten himself in shape. He's doing a lot better now. He's got some stamina and got his weight down about 20 pounds since we first got him.

"And I do see some development in him. He's not lazy."

GET READY FOR THE ONE-TWO PUNCH: The New Orleans Saints will feature two of the most explosive running backs in all of pro football Monday evening in Shreveport.

Veteran Deuce McAllister will return to the lineup for the first time since before he tore a ligament in his right knee in week 5 of last year, and he'll be joined by rookie Reggie Bush, last year's Heisman Trophy winner at Southern Cal.

"It's going to be interesting to see how teams play us and see how things play out," said McAllister.

McAllister is the Saints' all-time leading rusher with 4,529 yards.

Meanwhile Bush has already electrified fans with a 44-yard run in the Saints' preseason opener.

"We've got a lot of talented athletes here," Bush said. "There should be no reason why we shouldn't be putting points up on the board and scoring touchdowns."

Monday's game also features a reunion of sorts between former Cowboys' assistant coach Sean Payton, who left Dallas this offseason to take over with the Saints.

QUICK HITS: Parcells said it's not as difficult as many think for Greg Ellis to make the transition from defensive end to linebacker. "I don't think it's really that difficult for Greg to do this," he said. "If he doesn't play well at that spot I'd be surprised." ... Bill Parcells turns 65 on Tuesday.

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