Jones says he isn't sure, but he expects Owens to play

Updated: January 6, 2008, 12:44 PM ET
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IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he's "optimistic" that Terrell Owens will be in the lineup when the team opens the playoffs next Sunday.

"I like where he is," Jones said on his Friday radio show. "Our trainers are really satisfied with the progress that he's making. He's got his boot off. The swelling, [there is] none detectable or relatively little. And when you compare that and the nature of his injury with the rehab of other players in similar situations, then we [should] be optimistic."

Owens, who suffered a high ankle sprain on Dec. 22 in a game against Carolina when his leg got caught underneath him while being tackled after trying to gain extra yards on a catch, isn't wearing the walking boot he has used to protect his left foot.

Owens is also able to jog.

"I don't know, and I don't even know if doctors and trainers know," Jones said. "I don't know if anybody knows."

Earlier this week, Cowboys' head coach Wade Phillips said he expected Owens to practice heading into the game.

"Everything's been real positive with what I've heard again today," Phillips said. "I heard some good things. We'll see where he is next week."

Information from The Associated Press was included in this report

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