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Parcells wants T.O. involved entire game



IRVING -- One day after receiver Terrell Owens said he wants to get more involved in the first half of games, coach Bill Parcells said the Cowboys aren't intentionally denying the receiver the ball.

"No, that's not the intention. That's just the way the game unfolds," he said. "You never know how it's going to unfold when you start."

Of Owens' 22 catches this season, 11 have come in the first half. All of his four touchdown catches have come in the second half.

Blocking out pressure

The last time the Cowboys faced the New York Giants was a particularly hard-on-the-body day for quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

Bledsoe was sacked four times and pressured countless others as he was intercepted twice and lost one fumble that was returned for a touchdown Dec. 4 in a 17-10 loss.

But that game featured Torrin Tucker at left tackle and then-rookie Rob Petitti at right tackle. Both players were manhandled all day.

Now with Flozell Adams at left and Marc Colombo at right tackle, the Cowboys have a little more flexibility in their play calling, and Bledsoe may have a little more time in the pocket.

"These guys are just going to have to block them. If they don't do it, then we're going to be in trouble," Bill Parcells said.

"If they do it, then we have a chance to go."

This season, Osi Umenyiora has four sacks and Michael Strahan one. The Cowboys have allowed 12 sacks this season; seven came in the loss in Philadelphia.

"I have confidence they can do it," Bledsoe said. "It allows us more flexibility in terms of not having to chip in and help on every snap."

The big payback

Receiver Patrick Crayton vividly remembers the last time he played against the Giants at home: Oct. 16, 2005, when he caught four passes for 46 yards in a win. It was also the last time he felt healthy after he suffered a high ankle sprain in overtime.

"One of the coaches told me the other day, 'You owe them one,'" said Crayton, who missed five games because of the injury.

"That play should never have happened. We should have never had to go to overtime anyway."


Safety Keith Davis (ankle) said he's moving well and plans on playing against the Giants. He practiced Thursday.

Defensive end Jason Hatcher (ankle) did not practice Thursday and likely won't play Monday night.

Safety Marcus Coleman, who recently completed a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, said it is his understanding that he will play Monday, most likely on special teams.

The Cowboys added former Seahawks receiver Jerheme Urban to the practice squad and released receiver Demarius Bilbo. Urban played at Trinity University in San Antonio and spent the past three seasons with the Seahawks. In a Monday night game against the Cowboys in 2004, he caught two passes and scored a touchdown.

The Texas Stadium parking lots will open at 3:30 p.m., and the stadium gates will open at 4:30 p.m. Monday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

In addition to ESPN and KTXA/Channel 21, Monday night's game will be broadcast in Spanish on ESPN Deportes.

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