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Glenn's words shrugged off

Ex-mates dismiss receiver's remarks

FOXBOROUGH -- Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells have asked that Sunday night's game between the Patriots and Cowboys not be all about them and that the focus instead be on their players.

Wish granted. Sort of.

The Battle of the Bills has company in the spotlight. The game now is about players. One in particular.

Terry Glenn.

"I just hate everything about everything over there," Glenn, a standout receiver for the Patriots from 1996-2001, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Tuesday's editions. "I can't wait to get up there. I hate everything about New England."

The Patriots did not provide Glenn with a forum to elaborate, inviting quarterback Quincy Carter to appear on a conference call Wednesday with the local media rather than Glenn, who initially had agreed to participate. Glenn has not been available to the media this week.

Glenn has said that and more to his Dallas teammates. Commenting on all the personal vendettas that serve as subplots to this meeting between 7-2 teams, Carter said, "Terry Glenn had some things that went unsettled up there. It's like unfinished business that he wants to take care of. And [Cowboys offensive coordinator and ex-Patriots fullback] Maurice Carthon, too. I'm sure it's personal for all of those guys."

Tom Brady, Glenn's quarterback for a few games in 2001, seemed to take Glenn's remarks somewhat personally Wednesday, saying, "That's fine. I'm sure we have feelings for the Cowboys, too. Not that we want to go out and spread it all over their bulletin board. I don't think there's a lot of great will [toward] them, either."

Belichick from time to time has been known to place gag orders on his players to prevent them from potentially causing controversy. He told them to focus on the Cowboys on the field and not the sheriff on their sideline. He hasn't had to hit the mute button regarding Glenn.

"That's just a sidebar," said one of Glenn's former teammates. "It doesn't mean anything to me. It doesn't have anything to do with the game. He's got his reasons for feeling that way, and that's fine. It's got nothing to do with how I play."

Active, but inactive

The Patriots yesterday added rookie receiver Chas Gessner to the active roster from the physically-unable-to-perform list. Asked about the 6-foot-4-inch, 215-pound former Brown University star's chances of playing, Belichick said, "None. Zero." . . . The team reported that Fred McCrary (leg) has not practiced the past two days, while Ted Johnson (foot) and Ted Washington (leg) missed yesterday's session after returning to workouts Wednesday. All three are listed as questionable for Sunday . . . The Dallas media asked Parcells yesterday if he took pride in the New England franchise's turnaround. "Certainly," he said. "I don't think I am the reason. The new ownership is obviously head and shoulders over what was there in terms of doing things for the community and the team and the stature of the franchise. Am I happy things started going the right way? Yes, I am."

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