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Owens back on sideline

Terrell Owens is going to have to practice more before he plays for Bill Parcells.

After Parcells said Owens wouldn't play in the Cowboys' second exhibition game tomorrow night, the receiver sat out the team's practice late yesterday afternoon. Dallas quarterback Drew Bledsoe said Owens's hamstring tightened up on him.

Owens had taken part in the morning practice, his fifth straight since missing 14 in a row because of a hamstring problem.

Owens didn't talk to reporters after either practice. He smiled without responding to questions as he walked off the field after the afternoon session.

``I knew at the end of the morning practice today that his hamstring was tightening up on him a little bit," Bledsoe said. ``So now he's got a few days to rest here so he's ready to go for next week."

Owens spent most of the nearly two-hour afternoon session on a stationary bicycle. He mostly sat, pedaling only occasionally and slowly when he did.

``He's gotten some pretty good work in this week, and I just don't want to start over next week," Parcells said at his daily briefing with reporters between practices. ``Hopefully, he'll get his first real game action next weekend."

Rice sets a date
Jerry Rice will retire as a member of the 49ers this week. Rice, who holds most of the significant NFL receiving records, won three Super Bowls during 16 years with the 49ers. He will sign a contract Thursday at the 49ers' training complex before making his retirement official, the club announced. The wideout will be honored again during the 49ers' game against Seattle Nov. 19. The deal for Rice's retirement with the 49ers was informally announced last month . . . Ravens running back Jamal Lewis will sit out the next two weeks because of a nagging hip injury . . . Surprise starter Ben Roethlisberger threw for a touchdown on the Steelers' opening drive, but Pittsburgh didn't manage much else in a 17-10 exhibition loss to the visiting Vikings. Brad Johnson and rookie Tarvaris Jackson each threw for a touchdown for Minnesota . . . The Packers rolled to a 38-10 exhibition win over the visiting Falcons as Brett Favre finished 16 of 22 for 134 yards and two touchdowns. Michael Vick played only the first two series for Atlanta, throwing for a touchdown . . . Daunte Culpepper played into the second quarter, completing 7 of 9 passes for 86 yards and leading a nine-minute touchdown drive in the Dolphins' 13-10 exhibition victory over the Buccaneers in Tampa . . . Brad Smith ran 61 yards for a touchdown on a double reverse, Leon Washington returned a kickoff 87 yards for a score, and the Jets kept the Redskins' first-team offense scoreless this preseason in a 27-14 victory in Landover, Md. . . . The Panthers beat the host Jaguars, 17-10, in exhibition play as Mike Rucker returned a fumble 31 yards for the deciding score -- one of four turnovers by Jacksonville backup quarterback David Garrard . . . Vernand Morency had scoring runs of 4 and 43 yards and the Texans improved to 2-0 in the preseason with a 27-20 win over the host Rams.

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