Wednesday Cowboys Notebook

Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens has finally explained the tears that flowed Sunday following a 57-yard touchdown catch against the Bengals.

It was not out of frustration because he had only one other reception before the fourth-quarter touchdown.

It was not because of the media controversy of the past week over his complaints about not being used in the offense enough.

It was simply due to the death of a family member and his emotions after talking to his pastor the night before.

"I was playing with a heavy heart," Owens said. "Everything that happened on Sunday, I had talked (about with) my pastor Anthony Gardner out of Philadelphia the night before the game. When I got emotional, it was an anointed emotion, is what he explained to me. When it happened, I knew it was going to happen. He told me the night before it was going to happen, so when I went to the sideline, the emotions hit me."

Owens didn't talk to media after the game. He read a short statement that he wrote the night before the game.

"God was going to put me in a situation to make that statement," Owens said. "I knew it was going to happen."

WEDNESDAY LEFTOVERS: QB Tony Romo says turnovers are part of the game of any good quarterback. Well, the truth is that Tom Brady threw 50 touchdown passes and just eight interceptions last year. Romo, meanwhile, has had interceptions in each of the past nine games, dating back to last season, including the playoff loss to the Giants. It's the longest such streak in the league.

--TE Jason Witten underwent an MRI on Tuesday on his right shoulder, which has been bothering him since early in the season.

--WR Patrick Crayton has only 16 catches and is on pace for 45 this year. It would be a step back from the 50 catches he had last season. His numbers have never declined since he came into the league.

--CB Terence Newman may be ailing from a sports hernia. He has been hobbled by a groin tear since training camp. He missed the preseason and the season opener before playing the next three games and then sitting out last Sunday against the Bengals. He is expected to miss Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

--LB DeMarcus Ware has sacks in the last eight games. It's the third-longest streak in Cowboys history and the fourth longest in NFL history. But don't let the numbers get in the way of the truth. Ware and the Cowboys pass rush have been hit and miss this season. His sack against the Bengals came in the last drive of the game to keep the streak alive. But for much of the game, Ware and the Cowboys were unable to get to the quarterback.

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