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NFL WEEK 5

Bledsoe gets pass, will remain Cowboys starter

Like it or not, Terrell Owens will still be catching passes from Drew Bledsoe this week.

Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells stood by his quarterback, instead blaming the offensive line for most of Bledsoe's mistakes in a 38-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday.

``I'm not switching the quarterback," Parcells said. ``I don't think that's the answer right this minute . . . Let's try to get some of the things corrected [on the line] and we'll go from there."

Bledsoe, backed up by an unknown commodity in Tony Romo, threw three interceptions Sunday, the last on a pass to the end zone that could've tied the game in the final minute, but wound up going 102 yards the other way. He also set up an early field goal for the Eagles with a fumble. That turnover came on the first of his seven sacks.

Owens was none too pleased with the way things went in what he expected to be a breakout game against the team and town that dumped him last season. After months of anticipation, Owens had to wait until the third quarter for his first catch. He finished with three receptions for 45 yards. More notable were his antics on the sideline, although his jawing at teammates and coaches supposedly involved shouts of encouragement.

``He was just trying to get us going," said right guard Marco Rivera, among those Owens was seen yelling at. ``He basically said, `We're going to win this game.' . . . I just feel that he really wanted to show the world what T.O. was all about and he didn't get that chance."

Neither Owens nor Bledsoe spoke to the media yesterday. Both are expected to talk tomorrow.

Jaguars lose Peterson
Already missing their best pass rusher, the Jacksonville Jaguars will be without their best tackler for the rest of the season.

Linebacker Mike Peterson, the team's top tackler the last three years, tore a pectoral muscle in a 41-0 victory over the New York Jets Sunday and is out for the season. It's the latest setback for a defense that lost pass-rush specialist Reggie Hayward in the opener and linebacker Pat Thomas the following week.

Tests yesterday determined the severity of Peterson's injury. Coach Jack Del Rio said Peterson likely will get a second opinion, but he was confident the eight-year veteran will be placed on injured reserve.

Peterson has started every game the last three seasons for the Jaguars (3-2) and had a team-high 42 tackles and an interception this year.

WR Fitzgerald sidelined
The struggling Arizona Cardinals lost Pro Bowl receiver Larry Fitzgerald for perhaps a month or more with a hamstring injury. ``I'd say it will be at least two weeks, two-to-five maybe, it's hard to say," coach Dennis Green said. Two other starters -- guard Milford Brown and nose tackle Kendrick Clancy -- injured ankles in Sunday's 23-20 home loss to Kansas City and might not play when the Cardinals, losers of four in a row, host the unbeaten Chicago Bears next Monday night . . . Joey Harrington, who passed for 232 yards in a 20-10 loss to the Patriots Sunday, will remain as Miami's starting quarterback as the Dolphins prepare for next Sunday's game against the Jets. Coach Nick Saban said Daunte Culpepper will enter a rehab-type program designed to help restore some explosive movement in his surgically rebuilt right knee. ``We'll evaluate it on a week-to-week basis," Saban said . . . Panthers rookie running back and kick returner DeAngelo Williams has a sprained -- not broken -- right ankle. Coach John Fox said he wouldn't know Williams's status for Sunday's game at Baltimore until tomorrow . . . Oft-injured Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey of the New York Giants underwent a test in the area of his right ankle yesterday, and he had another one scheduled for today. Shockey left Sunday's 19-3 win over Washington with what was described as a foot injury . . . Chiefs receiver and kick returner Dante Hall has a hip injury and his status is uncertain for this week's game at Pittsburgh . . . The 0-5 Detroit Lions lost guard Damien Woody to a sprained left foot in Sunday's 26-17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings and coach Rod Marinelli said that there was a good possibility he'll miss Sunday's game against Buffalo . . . Bills rookie defensive tackle John McCargo is out indefinitely after surgery to repair a broken left foot . . . Chargers practice squad cornerback Markus Curry was released, just hours after he was arrested on suspicion of committing domestic violence. It was the fifth run-in with the law by a Chargers player since April, and the first time the team reacted by dropping the player . . . Sunday's TV lineup for Boston area viewers has Houston-Dallas on Channel 4 at 1 p.m., followed by Miami-Jets at 4:15. The 1 p.m. game on Channel 25 has not been determined.

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