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Sideline route for Owens

Terrell Owens was back on the stationary bicycle yesterday, nursing a sore left hamstring that could force him to miss the Dallas Cowboys' first scrimmage.

Owens missed both practices yesterday, the third straight he has missed because of a twinge that developed Wednesday.

Owens has never had a hamstring problem and is hoping the time off will prevent this ache from turning into something serious.

Owens declined to be interviewed yesterday morning, saying only, ``Day to day," as he left the field. Following the afternoon practice, he shook his head when asked if he planned to play in a scrimmage today. ``It's up to the trainers," he said.

During workouts yesterday, he rode the bike and did various exercises with trainers.

Coach Bill Parcells said he's not concerned about Owens's injury, but he is concerned about missed practice time.

``He's got to get ready to play, that's for sure," Parcells said. ``He's got a lot of work to do. The sooner he can get started, the better."

Eagles' Bunkley in fold
Brodrick Bunkley agreed to a six-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, ending the first-round pick's two-week holdout.

Bunkley, the 14th overall selection in the NFL draft, agreed to a deal worth $13 million, according to an official within the NFL.

The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because terms weren't publicly disclosed, said $10 million is guaranteed.

The 6-foot-2-inch, 300-pound defensive tackle from Florida State missed 16 days of camp, and won't play in tomorrow's exhibition vs. Oakland.

Giants' Shockey returns
Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey was back on the field at last night's practice for the first time since suffering a concussion Monday, though he did not participate in drills. Shockey was in full pads and appeared more energetic as he joked with teammates and stood near the offensive huddle before plays . . . Running back Cedric Benson, Chicago's top pick in 2005 (No. 4 overall), left practice on a cart after injuring his left shoulder . . . Less than two months after a horrific motorcycle accident, Ben Roethlisberger pronounced himself fit for the Steelers' first exhibition game Aug. 12 at Arizona . . . The Cleveland Browns kept tight end Kellen Winslow and wide receiver Braylon Edwards out of team drills . . . Receiver Darrell Jackson likely won't play until Seattle's exhibition game at San Diego Aug. 26. Jackson had surgery on his right knee Oct. 12 to repair torn cartilage . . . Arizona casualties included defensive tackle Kenny King, who broke his right hand Thursday and will be out a month, and starting right tackle, Oliver Ross, who could be out 2 1/2 months with a possible meniscus tear in his right knee . . . Detroit Lions president Matt Millen has been appointed to the NFL's competition committee, filling the seat vacated when Charley Casserly resigned as general manager of the Houston Texans earlier this year . . . Referees will be wearing new threads this season -- gone are the vertical black-and-white stripes, replaced with wide white stripes and thin black stripes flaring around the shoulders and upper arms.

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