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Owens likely out of exhibition game

Terrell Owens said yesterday that his nagging hamstring injury likely will keep him out of the Dallas Cowboys' exhibition opener Saturday night in Seattle.

Although an MRI taken Saturday showed no damage, Owens isn't taking any chances. He's having his healing-inducing hyperbaric chamber shipped to his training camp hotel room. Two trainers and a doctor from Atlanta are on their way, too.

``It's just a little sore," Owens said. ``It's different. I've never really had it before so I don't know. I'm not worried about it; there's just no point right now. If I tried to really open it up, I may hurt it more, so we'll just see. It'll be OK."

Owens sat out a fifth straight practice yesterday because of soreness that set in Wednesday. After the team left the field, he spent about 45 minutes catching balls from a machine, starting far away and taking a step closer after every one. He did the same drill on his knees, too.

On his way to the locker room, he was asked if he would play against the Seahawks and said, ``I doubt it." He said he probably wouldn't practice the rest of this week, either.

Owens's status report on himself had to be news to coach Bill Parcells, who said ``I don't know," in response to most questions about Owens's health during his daily news briefing.

``I know everything I need to know," he said. ``Well, there's nothing more to know. Maybe not knowing exactly is all I'm capable of knowing at this point."

Parcells said all his information about his new star receiver's health has come through the trainer. ``I haven't spoken with Terrell about it," Parcells said. ``At some point, I will if I have to."

Snee hobbled
Giants guard Chris Snee twisted his knee Sunday night and coach Tom Coughlin said the injury would not require surgery but that the former Boston College star -- and Coughlin's son-in-law -- would miss valuable practice time . . . The Bills released linebacker Jeff Posey after the eight-year veteran lost his starting job to Angelo Crowell. Posey was a three-year starter with Buffalo since joining the Bills as a free agent in 2003, registering 202 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks, and an interception in 48 games . . . Quarterback Daunte Culpepper has progressed so well in his recovery from knee surgery that he could play in the Miami Dolphins' exhibition opener Saturday against the Jacksonville Jaguars . . . Mike Bell, an undrafted rookie out of Arizona, was named Denver's No. 1 running back, leapfrogging Tatum Bell and Ron Dayne to claim the top spot. Denver also announced that first-round pick Jay Cutler had been promoted to the backup quarterback spot behind Jake Plummer, supplanting Bradlee Van Pelt . . . Former Pro Bowl linebacker Mark Fields wants to play in the NFL again after missing two of the last three seasons with Hodgkin's disease, but the Carolina Panthers aren't interested in bringing him back. ``I know he was planning on working out and getting ready to play," Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said of Fields. ``I don't know where he's at in terms of being ready to go. Everyone knows what Mark Fields means to us, it's just one of those things where we're looking at the guys we've got here." Hurney said he had spoken with Fields's agent, Jim Steiner. Steiner didn't immediately return a call seeking comment . . . Bills rookie safety Donte Whitner, the No. 20 pick in the draft, purchased the No. 20 jersey from running back Shaud Williams for what Whitner said was a ``a five-figure deal."

Bengal arrested
Bengals guard Eric Steinbach was arrested and charged with boating under the influence on the Ohio River, becoming the fifth Cincinnati player in three months accused of breaking the law. A Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources officer stopped Steinbach because he was violating an idle-only zone Saturday night, agency spokesman Mark Marraccini said. Steinbach failed a series of field sobriety tests, Marraccini said. The team has been on the defensive over the recent player arrests and a suspension. Receiver Chris Henry leads the list, with four arrests since December. He is to go on trial later this month in Orlando, Fla., on a gun charge. Defensive end Frostee Rucker and linebacker A.J. Nicholson, both rookies, and third-year defensive tackle Matthias Askew were also arrested. In addition, middle linebacker Odell Thurman is suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy . . . Offensive lineman Barrett Brooks apologized to the Pittsburgh Steelers for his weekend arrest on charges he fled from police on his motorcycle, but said the chase resulted from miscommunication and not any wrongdoing. Brooks, 34, a backup lineman for the Super Bowl champions, was charged with fleeing and eluding, reckless driving, driving at an unsafe speed and other traffic violations Sunday . . . Redskins safety Sean Taylor was fined four game paychecks by the NFL for violating the league's personal conduct policy. In June, Taylor reached an agreement with prosecutors to drop felony charges against him and pleaded no contest to two misdemeanors in an assault case, avoiding any jail time that might have derailed his NFL career . . . The Chiefs signed free agent defensive lineman Shane Burton to a one-year contract . . . Ray Anderson, vice president of the Falcons for the last four years, has been appointed as the NFL's senior vice president of football operations, replacing Art Shell, who resigned to become coach of the Raiders.

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