Tuesday News & Notes

Wide receiver Terrell Owens' status for Sunday's game against the Titans is still unknown. But Owens has no doubts whether if he will be ready for the matchup at Philadelphia Oct. 8.

"I'll be ready," Owens said.

Owens suffered a fractured bone in the ring finger of his right hand against the Redskins. He underwent surgery last Monday to have a plate and three screws inserted in it.

Roughly a week later, Owens said he is feeling a lot better. He still can't make a fist, but he is tapping his palm without any pain and plans to start catching passes at some point this week.

He has not been ruled out of the Titans' game on Oct. 1, but he has yet to return to practice, either. Owens, who used the bye week to get in extra rehab work, calls himself day to day.

"The swelling is down and he's running," coach Bill Parcells said. "So it will just be a question of when he can catch."

When Owens does play he will wear a pad under his glove to protect his hand.

NOTES, QUOTES
* Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is one of eight people named to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame class of 2006. Jones purchased the Cowboys in 1989 and currently lives in Dallas. He is the first owner in NFL history to guide his team to three Super Bowl victories in just seven years of ownership. In 1995, Dallas became the second NFL team to win three Super Bowls in four seasons and tied the NFL record with five Super Bowl victories. Since Jones took over at general manager, the Cowboys have drafted 17 different players who have appeared in 63 Pro Bowls and signed four free agents who have made 13 Pro Bowls.

* LB DeMarcus Ware has been fined $5,000 by the league for a hit on Washington quarterback Mark Brunell. Ware plans to appeal the fine.

Ware is the second Cowboys player this season to be fined for a hit on a quarterback. Safety Roy Williams was fined $7,500 for a hit on Jacksonville quarterback Byron Leftwich.

PLAYER NOTES
* DE Chris Canty had high expectations for 2006. So far Canty has left the Cowboys wanting more. According to coach Bill Parcells, Canty needs to be more productive. Parcells told Canty as much during a recent meeting. "He said, 'Just take a chance. Stop being a robot. Make plays,'" said Canty, who has five tackles, but no sacks. "I haven't made tackles. I haven't made any plays. I'm (ticked) off. I expect better. There is no choice. I'm a little desperate right now. I'd love to have a game this week."

* RB Julius Jones rushed 20 times for 94 yards against the Redskins in Week 2. After further review, that's the right number for Jones, coach Bill Parcells said. Parcells is alternating Jones with Marion Barber in an effort to keep Jones fresher, healthy and more productive. "He tried to run hard on every play that he carried the ball, and I think he ran effectively," Parcells said of Jones' performance against Washington.

* TE Anthony Fasano was expected to have the easiest transition of all the rookies because he is playing in the same offense he played in college under Charlie Weis at Notre Dame. Fasano has three catches but has had trouble blocking. "This is not an easy deal, now," coach Bill Parcells said. "Even though, mentally, (Fasano) knows the system better than an average rookie. There is a lot of pressure on this kid now because he's a key moving part in this offense quite a bit of the time."

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