What a Day

The Dallas Cowboys were predictable and unpredictable Tuesday.

It was no shock when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced an indefinite suspension for cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones due to Jones' latest off-field misadventure.

However, the Cowboys caught many people -- including Lions management -- by surprise when they were able to complete a trade-deadline deal for Detroit wide receiver Roy Williams.

It remains to be seen whether the addition of Williams will make a bigger impact on the team than the deletion of Jones.

Williams, a former Texas Longhorn who is returning to his home state, was a star as a rookie in 2006 (82 catches, 1,310 yards, seven TDs). He wasn't quite as good last year, and he's been merely adequate this year (17 receptions, 232 yards, one TD in five games).

But the presence of another big target (6-foot-2, 220 pounds) figures to be a boon for a Cowboys passing game that has been extremely dependant on Terrell Owens.

Lions general manager Martin Mayhew maintained as recently as Monday that he was not actively shopping Williams, but when the Cowboys made a hefty offer Tuesday, he bit. Detroit will receive Dallas' first-, third- and sixth-round picks next year, while the Cowboys get the Lions' seventh-rounder in 2007.

Considering Williams' contract was to expire at season's end, that's quite a haul for Detroit.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wasn't merely looking to rent Williams for the rest of the season, however. Before the trade was consummated, the Cowboys reached an contract agreement with Williams to keep him in Dallas through 2013.

Adam Jones' stay in Dallas might be over after just six games. He was involved in a public fracas with one of his bodyguards last week, and Goodell ruled that the incident violated the terms of Jones' return to the league following a banishment prompted by a series of off-field transgressions.

Jones' suspension won't merely hurt the Cowboys. In a bizarre twist, the punishment also will cost the Titans, his former team.

Tennessee received a fourth-round pick in this year's draft when it dealt Jones to Dallas. The Titans also would have received the Cowboys' sixth-round pick next year had Jones avoided suspension for the entire season. As things stand now, though, not only won't the Titans get that sixth-rounder, but they also have to give the Cowboys their fifth-rounder next year, which was a caveat in the deal.

Bottom line: The Titans were so desperate to make a deal to rid themselves of Jones that they were willing to risk one of their own draft picks on the chance that Jones would behave himself for a year.

They can't be surprised that the decision, like Jones' career, has blown up.

NOTES:
* P Sam Paulescu has been signed as the Cowboys' new punter. He will replace Mat McBriar, who was placed on injured reserve and is lost for the season after breaking his foot against the Cardinals on Sunday.

* QB Tony Romo is supposed to be out four weeks with a broken right pinky. He is considering getting a splint put on his hand and trying to play earlier.

* RB Felix Jones is out at least two weeks with a strained right hamstring.

* CB Mike Jenkins likely will start at left cornerback in place of Adam Jones. Rookie Orlando Scandrick will also see increased playing time, especially considering Terence Newman is out four weeks with a sports hernia.

* WR Roy Williams will take Adam Jones' spot on the roster for now. He will wear No. 11. The Cowboys have not decided how his name will look on the back of his jersey considering they have a safety named Roy Williams.

* SS Roy Williams could play this week after being sidelined since the Philadelphia game with a broken right forearm.

* WR Terrell Owens was the first Cowboys player to call WR Roy Williams about the trade to Dallas. He talked to Williams about taking some double teams away from him and helping the Cowboys make a Super Bowl run.

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