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T.O. returns to Cowboys practice

IRVING, Texas (Aug. 29, 2006) -- Terrell Owens practiced for the first time in 10 days, an indication he's getting over his hamstring injury and is heading toward his debut with the Dallas Cowboys.

Next question: Will it be in the preseason finale at home against Minnesota? Or the season opener a week from Sunday at Jacksonville?

Considering the safe-not-sorry approach everyone involved has been preaching, Owens is likely to be held out until the opener.

However, he has so much catching up to do there's a chance he could be used for a series or two in the preseason finale.

Neither Owens nor coach Bill Parcells were available for comment after a team spokesman announced that Owens participated in an afternoon workout that was closed to reporters. Owens' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, also did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Owens hurt his left hamstring the first week of training camp and missed 14 straight workouts. He practiced five straight times, then aggravated the injury and shut himself down after a morning workout Aug. 19.

Owens was fined $9,500 for being late to meetings and a rehabilitation session Friday. He said that he overslept.

The Cowboys are 3-0 this preseason without Owens, with fellow receiver Terry Glenn repeatedly making big plays.

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