Owens Still Up in the Air

The Terrell Owens drama will likely continue until game day.

He limped around Monday, although he took part of some of the team's walk-through practice.

And although the Cowboys are hoping he and his sprained left ankle will get on the practice field Wednesday or Thursday, Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said it likely will come down to a game-time decision.

"It looks to me that it's going to be a game-time decision on him. ... It's Monday game week. He probably couldn't have played today," Phillips said Monday. "It was a limp-through for him, a walk-through for us."

Owens has not practiced since injuring his ankle Dec. 22 at Carolina.

Based on his history as a fast healer, his teammates have no doubt that Owens will be on the field when the Cowboys take on the Giants in the NFC divisional playoffs.

"Absolutely, we're all counting on him playing," tight end Jason Witten said. "He's a tough guy. Nobody wants it more than he wants it himself to get out there and play. He's a quick healer, and he looked good out there, I thought."

Said receiver Patrick Crayton: "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."

For Phillips it's not about Owens getting back on the field. It's about Owens being healthy enough to contribute to a victory and then being ready to play in the NFC title game the following week.

Those are the things he must consider before deciding he can go on Sunday.

"If he were able to practice Wednesday or Thursday, Friday maybe, it'd clarify things a little easier," Phillips said. "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."

PLAYER NOTES --LB Bradie James was among several Cowboys who went to New Orleans Monday night to take in the BCS championship game between LSU and Ohio State. Joining him were Bobby Carpenter, Akin Ayodele and Marcus Spears. The Cowboys had Tuesday off. The players should be back and ready for practice on Wednesday.

--LB DeMarcus Ware got two votes in the NFL Defensive player of the year balloting. He led the Cowboys with 14 sacks, the most by a Cowboys player since Jim Jeffcoat had 14 in 1985.

--RB Marion Barber has been solid his career against the Giants. In six games, he has rushed 54 times for 242 yards (4.5 avg.) and three touchdowns. Had 11 carries for 65 yards (5.9) and a touchdown in the first meeting this season and 12 carries for 34 yards in the second.

--WR Terrell Owens has been beast in his career against the Giants. In nine games -- including playoffs -- he has caught 53 passes for 881 yards (16.6 avg.) and 11 touchdowns. He caught three passes for 87 yards and two touchdowns in the first meeting this season, and added six catches for 125 yards and two scores in the second.

--QB Tony Romo has thrown for eight touchdowns and just two interceptions in the first two games against the Giants this season.

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