Owens, who leads the Eagles with 47 receptions and 763 receiving yards, was upgraded from doubtful to questionable on the Eagles' injury report. Owens, who sprained his right ankle in the second half of Sunday's 49-21 loss to Denver, even practiced Thursday.
"I would not say definitely not," offensive coordinator Brad Childress said when asked whether Owens will play Sunday night. "He looked fine (in practice). But we were only going about half-speed.
"I think the fact that he was out there speaks volumes."
Owens had three catches for 154 yards against the Broncos, including a 91-yard touchdown catch and run in which he beat Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey.
While Owens was upgraded on the injury report Thursday, quarterback Donovan McNabb was downgraded from probable to questionable. He didn't practice for the second straight day.
McNabb, who took a pounding from the Broncos even though he was only sacked twice, suffered a rib contusion when he was hit in the fourth quarter. He also has a sports hernia.
McNabb completed just 12 of 34 passes against the Broncos and had completed just 57.5 percent of his passes in the last five games. But Childress insisted that he doesn't think McNabb's sports hernia, which he's had since Week 1, is affecting his throwing mechanics.
"When I look at that, I don't see that," he said. "Did he miss some throws that he should have made? Sure. But I don't see where that injury is doing something specifically to his throwing mechanics."
McNabb remains confident that he'll be able to play Sunday against the Redskins.
--WR Terrell Owens practiced Thursday and was upgraded from doubtful to questionable on the Eagles' injury report. Owens has a sprained ankle. The Eagles worked at mostly half-speed Wednesday.
--QB Donovan McNabb, who added a rib contusion to his list of injury problems this week, didn't practice for the second straight day and was downgraded from probable to questionable.
--LB Jeremiah Trotter, who sat out Wednesday's practice with a knee injury, practiced Thursday and is listed as probable for the Washington game.
--DE Jevon Kearse didn't practice for the second straight day. Kearse sprained his shoulder in Sunday's loss to Denver and is listed as questionable for this week's game.--DE N.D. Kalu practiced Thursday and was upgraded from questionable to probable. He has a shoulder injury.
New York Giants
If Tiki Barber isn't the most popular of the Giants' players, something is dreadfully wrong.
He is articulate, intelligent, and personable. He lives in New York City and is constantly appearing on behalf of charities and other organizations.
He volunteers to help the rookies. He is a team spokesman. He had bridged a difficult gap and become friends with the usually stern coach Tom Coughlin.
And last Sunday, in yet another fit of unselfishness, he took himself out of the game after the end of the third quarter. Why?
"Well, I did it voluntarily," said the Virginia grad. "I was just 13 yards away from the record but after I scored the touchdown for Timmy I said, 'That's a day, that's good enough for me.' You know, I have to keep some of the records alive; otherwise I won't want to play any more."
The touchdown for Timmy was the ball he presented to Tim McDonnell on the sidelines. Tim is one of the 40 grandchildren of Wellington Mara, who died the previous Tuesday, and Barber and Tim have been friends for a long time.
"He was a bellboy at training camp and we just kind of gravitated together," said Barber of the 22-year-old. "I knew I wanted to get him a ball from the game, the one we played for his grandpa."
Some game, too. Barber set a personal single-game high with 206 yards in 24 carries, and when he reached that total, he was just 13 yards away from breaking the record set in 1950 by Gene "Choo Choo" Roberts.
"I am not so much concerned with individual statistics as I am with winning," Barber said. "If we lose, the statistics don't mean a thing. But if we win, it's nice to have had a good game to help the team."
--SLB Carlos Emmons remains just 50-50 for Sunday's game in San Francisco. He suffered a partially torn right pectoral muscle the week before against Denver. "I'm feeling pretty good," he said. "I don't think I'll practice today (Thursday) but I am still planning on playing Sunday."
--Mike Nolan, the first-year head coach of the 49ers, served as the Giants' defensive coordinator from 1993 through 1996, and is father, Dick, was a Giants' cornerback/safety for seven seasons (1954-1957; 1959-1961). He also served as head coach of the 49ers (1968-1975). "We have lots of great memories of the Giants," Mike said, "and my fondest is when I first met Wellington Mara. My dad had talked about him so much."
--In 2004, Auburn's Reggie Torbor was drafted by the Giants as a DE and subsequently switched to SLB. The same project is now underway with 6-4, 268-pound Eric Moore, drafted this year as a DE and now working at SLB. "Why? Because he's a big guy who can run and we have more of a need at linebacker," says head coach Tom Coughlin. "And it's helpful to have guys who play more than one position."
--QB Eli Manning is proving he has yet another dimension - he can play with stunning mediocrity and still manage to rise to an occasion and win. His game vs. Washington (12 for 31 for 146 yards and one TD) was nothing special, but he said the winds in Giants Stadium, famous for their erratic and sudden changes, played a part in it. "I was just being careful," he said. "One pass that should have been a touchdown (in the end zone to WR Plaxico Burress) turned into a pick because the wind held it up."
--WR David Tyree, the team's most dynamic special teams performer, missed last week's game with a bruised elbow and couldn't practice until Wednesday. "You know," he said, "the only thing worse than practicing is not practicing. But I missed playing. It was the first game I didn't play in since I got here (38 straight games)."
The decision to release running back Anthony Thomas is a clear indication that injured running back Julius Jones will back in action when the Cowboys play the Eagles on Nov. 14, following the Nov. 6 bye.
Jones' return to action after an ankle sprain doesn't mean he will resume his previous role as the team's primary ball carrier.
Rookie Marion Barber's emergence against the Seahawks and Cardinals demands that he continue to get carries.
And Cowboys coach Bill Parcells plans to continue to use Barber and fellow rookie Tyson Thompson.
Barber became the first Cowboy to rush for 100 yards in 2005 when he ran for 127 and two touchdowns against the Cardinals. Thompson is averaging 4.1 yards per carry in limited duty.
"We've got a couple of guys now with a little more experience than they had before (Julius left)," Parcells said. "It has helped us create a little better situation at the position."
Considering Jones' injury history - he has missed 11 games the past two seasons - the Cowboys felt they needed a little more depth and insurance at the position. Parcells doesn't want to question Jones' toughness or call him injury prone. He calls it bad luck for now.
What is certain is that the NFL doesn't cancel games because your running back is out, and the Cowboys needed someone else to rely on. Besides having Jones split time with Barber will help keep him healthy.
"You can't have enough running backs," Parcells said. "You can't have enough. No number is too many ... If you really study professional football closely and just take the last five years, just go look at it and see how many teams really have the same guy in place, and is productive. It is just a very difficult position to play and sustain production, and it's a very physically demanding position.
"Now, hey, Julius had a little bad luck last year, some guy falls on his ankle here ... I'm not ready to (question him). So you don't know what it is, but all you can do is tell those kids how to train, and what to do, and that they have to squat and clean and lift weights on Mondays after they've had 27 carries. They have to do it, or else it just wears them down, so we'll see where it goes."
Parcells expects Jones to be ready for the Eagles game. He will start if he is 100 percent healthy.
Though the Cowboys spent more than $52 million on signing bonuses and guaranteed money in the off-season on upgrades to make a playoff run in 2005, the reality is that the Cowboys were supposed to be year away because of the number of rookies playing big roles. As good as they could be this year, they would certainly be better with another season under the belt of players like linebacker DeMarcus Ware and defensive linemen Chris Canty and Marcus Spears.
Well, the Cowboys may arrive a year early. There is no true frontrunner in the NFC. The Cowboys have won as many games as anyone in the conference. Because of their rookie contributors, they have a chance to get better in the second half of the season.
The Cowboys are not without concerns heading into the second half of the season.
Topping the list are kicker Shaun Suisham, depth on the offensive line and experienced depth at linebacker, according to coach Bill Parcells.
Injuries are the biggest worry, especially with cornerback Anthony Henry hobbled with a strained groin and questionable for the Nov. 14 matchup with the Eagles.
Henry was the team's best defensive player in the first eight games. He proved well worth the $10 million signing bonus the Cowboys gave him in the off-season. But he was signed with the Eagles in mind. The Cowboys felt he had the size to contain Terrell Owens. If he can't play, the defense will suffer.
--LB Kevin Burnett must do more in the second half of the season. More was certainly expected of Burnett, a second round pick from Tennessee.
"It's not the same transition for everyone," Parcells said. "It's a different deal for every kid. He's a first-year player. Just because some of these other first-year players come along more quickly, you still have to keep in mind it took Torrin Tucker three years to come along. It really has taken him three full years to come along to where my confidence on that player is up a little bit. Would I like him to step up and start making a more significant contribution? Absolutely. We need for him to do that. He's been told that."
--LB Dat Nguyen will continue to be brought along slowly. He played in the dime and on special teams against the Cardinals last week after missing three games with a stinger. Scott Shanle will remain in the starting lineup. "I'm really wanting to run a little rotation in there, like I've been doing with the defensive linemen," Parcells said. "I think it would help all of them. Dat doesn't get his ego bruised very easily, so it's not about that. I think he'll end up playing 30, 35 plays, that'd be good. I can use Dat at fullback on the punt team now without worrying about it if I want to. We were using Burnett there, but Dat's better than him on that. So we might do that, too."
--QBs Drew Henson and Tony Romo got extra work during the bye week. Cowboys coach Bill Parcells saw it as an opportunity to get them some reps in case starter Drew Bledsoe goes down in the second half of the season. Romo is the primary backup.
--S Willie Pile (groin) did not practice last week. His injury was the primary reason the Cowboys signed safeties Lynn Scott and Tony Dixon. If Pile can get back on the practice field next week and be ready for the Eagles game, the Cowboys might make a roster move with either Scott or Dixon to shore up another spot.