All Eyes on Me

The NFL has given Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman a stern warning about his supposed desire for pay back against Lions quarterback Jon Kitna.

NFL executive vice president Ray Anderson sent a letter to Newman saying the league will be monitoring his activities in Sunday's game.

"Be advised that your comments will now compel us to carefully monitor your activities in this weekend's Cowboys-Lions game," read part of the letter. "As you know, flagrant fouls may subject a player not only to fines, but to suspension as well. So conduct yourself accordingly."

Newman refused to comment but he also received a talking to from Cowboys coach Wade Phillips.

Newman was upset by comments Kitna made last season following a 39-31 victory by the Lions. Kitna called out Newman and linebacker Bradie James.

"We definitely felt like Terence Newman was the best corner that they had, so we knew we needed to be careful with him," Kitna said to a Seattle radio station. "But even with him, I mean, he's not (Seattle cornerback) Marcus Trufant, in my opinion. He doesn't have that kind of ability. It wasn't like you were scared to throw at him, I guess."

Newman responded angrily in an interview on Sirius Satellite Radio.

"Basically what it boils down to is you've got to watch what you say. Your mouth can't write checks that your (expletive) can't cash. That's what it comes down to," Newman said. "Everybody's going to see those quotes. He better just hope I don't blitz off the edge, because I've got 15, 25, 30 (thousand dollars), however much it would be for a fine. I've got that much for one fine. Revenge will be sweet definitely."

Anderson said Newman's comments were thoughtless and irresponsible and not what the league's stands for.

FRIDAY NOTES: --OT Marc Colombo practiced on Thursday after missing Wednesday with a sprained ankle. Coach Wade Phillips said he is encouraged that Colombo will be ready to go against the Lions.

--LB Anthony Spencer is getting more snaps the last few weeks after being almost the forgotten man immediately following Greg Ellis' return from a torn Achilles tendon. Spencer is being used on passing downs in a sub package called the Cowboy defense, where he is on the field with Ellis and linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Spencer lines up on the right side while Ellis and Ware lineup next to each other on the left as the Cowboys get their three best rushers on the field to create mismatches and confuse defenses.

--WR Terrell Owens said the reason he is not dropping passes this year as opposed to 2006, when he had a league high 17 drops, is he is healthy again. He suffered a fractured hand and a torn tendon in his right index finger last year which contributed to his drops. "I just tried to go out there and fight through it," Owens said.

--CB Nate Jones has proven to be one of the team's best blitzers despite his small stature at 5-feet-10, 183 pounds. He has one sack and five quarterback pressures. He has more sacks than safety Roy Williams and more pressures than ends Marcus Spears, Chris Canty.

--LB Greg Ellis has a career high 10.5 sacks in nine games this year, including eight sacks in the past six games. But in looking deeper at his numbers Ellis has been a sack machine since moving to linebacker last season. The results are 15 sacks in 18 games since 2006 -- not including the 10 games he missed at the end of 2006 and the beginning of 2007 because of the torn Achilles' tendon. And consider how his presence impacts the Cowboys defense. In the 18 games he has been in uniform, the Cowboys have allowed an average of 197 passing yards and 85 rushing yards with 46 total sacks. In the 10 other games, the Cowboys allowed an average of 250 passing yards and 118 rushing yards with 20 total sacks.


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