More Controversy

The Cowboys have yet another controversy boiling over heading into Sunday's game against the Giants.

Receivers Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton and Terrell Owens had a private meeting with offensive coordinator Jason Garrett complaining about Tony Romo targeting best friend and tight end Jason Witten in what they called a buddy system.

Witten is the leading receiver with 64 passes. He caught 15 passes the past two games.

Owens, Crayton and Williams have combined to catch 14 passes during the same span. Coach Wade Phillips said it was a discussion, not a gripe session.

"No, it doesn't concern me because I don't think there's anything to ... Tony's the quarterback and he always takes the blame," Phillips said. "I think it's just part of being a quarterback in this league because he's going to get a lot of the glory when he wins. And the players know he cares enough to take the blame for things.

"That's an important step not every quarterback does that, so I don't think ... The other players certainly think they're open and have a chance to get the ball and want it. Part of what Terrell says is, 'I'm trying to win and if you can get me the ball I can help you win.' You know, there's nothing wrong with that either. That's not a bad thing."

THURSDAY LEFTOVERS: CB Adam Jones got good news on his herniated disc. His second opinion confirmed that the injury was not career threatening but he is not expected back this season.

--RB Marion Barber showed progress on his dislocated pinky toe but it will be a game-time decision.

--LG Montrae Holland has all but been declared out of Sunday's game against the Giants with a sprained ankle. Cory Proctor will start in his place.

--SS Ken Hamlin did not practice Thursday and will not practice all week with a sprained ankle but he is expected to play against the Giants.

--WR Roy Williams will be held out of practice all week with plantar fasciatis. But he is expected to play against the Giants on Sunday.

--TE Jason Witten has been held out of practice this week with a sprained ankle. But the Cowboys expect him to try to go against the Giants Sunday.

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