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Cowboys' Owens, Glenn to practice with hand injuries

IRVING, Texas -- The 2-inch scar on Terrell Owens' right
hand is still a bit puffy. While that was enough to keep him out of
practice Tuesday, his recovery time is almost done.

Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said he expects Owens to rejoin his
teammates at practice Wednesday. If he proves he can play without
worrying about his hand, he'll start Sunday in Tennessee.

"If I thought he was good to go and would help us, I would
definitely play him," Parcells said. "I just got to see him out
there being a confident player. If it's going to act as a
deterrent, I wouldn't want that because that would eventually hurt
us. But if he can get to the point where he looks like he can
function, and he feels pretty good about it, we'll do it."

Owens broke the bone leading to his right ring finger a week ago
Sunday night. The next day, a plate was screwed in, protecting the
bone so it can heal without further damage.

"He was trying to cut some tape off his uniform," Parcells
said. "He had his hand down in his pants and he missed.
Fortunately he cut his hand."
Bill Parcells on Terry Glenn's injury

"It's just, can he withstand the pain of catching the ball?"
Parcells said. "When he can stand it, he can play."

With the Cowboys having had a bye last weekend, Owens could
return without having missed a game. He's already said he'll play
Oct. 8, when he gets to face his former team, the Eagles, in
Philadelphia.

On Tuesday, the Cowboys also practiced without tight end Jason
Witten, whose wife was having a baby. Terry Glenn practiced, albeit
with several stitches in his thumb.

"He was trying to cut some tape off his uniform," Parcells
said. "He had his hand down in his pants and he missed.
Fortunately he cut his hand."

Parcells had players on the field Monday, then decided to give
them the day off. He brought them back Tuesday, their normal day
off.

"I thought I could get more done today," he said. "I changed
my mind at the last minute."

Parcells said it wasn't a premeditated move, and it had nothing
to do with Glenn's injury.

During the brief portion of practice that was open to reporters,
Owens wore receivers gloves on both hands and looked at ease while
catching and throwing passes with kicker Mike Vanderjagt.

In the locker room several hours later, Owens had an electric
stimulation device strapped to his hand, then took it off and went
about his business without any bandages. He got dressed, gripped
his cell phone and reached into a bag of medicines without seeming
uncomfortable, saying only that the swelling was "going down" and
that he'd discuss it all with reporters on Wednesday.

"I'm talking to him every day," Parcells said. "We've got a
long time between now and the game."