Dallas head coach Wade Philllips said Owens was limited in a light workout Monday at Valley Ranch.
"It looks to me that it's going to be a game-time decision on him. He probably couldn't have played today," Phillips said. "It was a limp-through for him, a walkthrough for us."
Owens wasn't on the field during the short period of time at the beginning of the workout that was open to reporters, but tight end Jason Witten and wide receiver Patrick Crayton were encouraged by what they saw once Owens joined them.
"I don't know if 81 [Owens] is at full strength, but he's good enough to where he said he was going to practice this week so he can get some timing back and everything," Crayton said.
"It's going to be great to have him back out there on the field," Witten said. "Obviously, he's our playmaker and he makes all of our jobs easier, and helps our team win."
Owens, who has 81 catches for 1,355 yards and an NFC-high 15 touchdowns, wasn't seen during the open locker room period Monday.
Despite the optimism expressed by Crayton and Witten, Phillips was cautious when asked repeatedly about Owens' status.
"If he can't [practice], that's why I said it'd have to be a game-time decision. From his history, from his toughness, his ability to withstand those kind of things, I think those are all positives," he said. "But you still don't want to put him in harm's way."
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