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Cowboys cut Pacman

Associated Press / January 8, 2009
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Troubled cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was released yesterday by the Dallas Cowboys following a season in which he was suspended six games for an off-field fight.

The transaction will not become official until Feb. 9, the first day NFL teams can make waiver requests.

"He was surprised, and I think he was obviously somewhat hurt," said Worrick Robinson, Jones's agent. "At the same time, he understands the business behind what is happening here."

A Cowboys spokesman declined to comment on the team's decision and said owner Jerry Jones was unavailable.

According to, Jones's release came after ESPN's "Outside the Lines" reporter John Barr contacted the NFL, the Cowboys, and Jones's attorneys about a piece scheduled to air Sunday in which three Atlanta-area men allege Jones arranged for someone to shoot at them following a dispute two months after the football player was suspended for multiple off-field incidents by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in 2007.

Jones, expected to give the Cowboys a boost on defense and special teams, had no interceptions and averaged just 4.6 yards per punt return.

On Oct. 7, Jones got into a scuffle with a bodyguard who was part of a team-employed security detail.

A week later, Goodell suspended the cornerback indefinitely, which eventually turned into a six-week suspension. Jones missed a seventh game later in the season with an injury.

LT confirms injury
LaDainian Tomlinson confirmed he has a torn tendon in his groin and listed himself as doubtful for the San Diego Chargers' playoff game at Pittsburgh Sunday. "It's definitely torn," Tomlinson said after sitting out yesterday's practice. "I can't really elaborate on it because I don't want to give too much information away." Tomlinson was hurt in a 52-21 rout against Denver in the regular-season finale Dec. 28 that clinched the AFC West title . . . Arizona wide receiver Anquan Boldin rested his injured hamstring and said he's not sure he'll play in the divisional playoff at Carolina . . . Tennessee Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae insisted he is day to day for the Titans' divisional playoff game against Baltimore one day after saying he wouldn't be able to play Saturday.

Frazier, Broncos talk
Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has interviewed a half-dozen candidates to replace coach Mike Shanahan, three from each side of the ball.

Minnesota Vikings assistant Leslie Frazier became the third defensive coordinator to meet with Bowlen about the vacancy, joining Steve Spagnuolo of the New York Giants and Raheem Morris of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The three offensive coordinators who have interviewed are Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys, Josh McDaniels of the Patriots, and Rick Dennison, Shanahan's longtime deputy in Denver. Dolphins secondary coach Todd Bowles will visit with the Broncos today.

Bush has surgery
The New Orleans Saints have confirmed that running back Reggie Bush had surgery on his left knee and will require months of rehabilitation. However, Bush is expected to be ready for minicamp in June . . . Giants leading rusher Brandon Jacobs returned to practice and pronounced himself ready to go for Sunday's NFC semifinal against Philadelphia . . . Eagles running back Brian Westbrook did not practice because of a sprained right ankle and swollen left knee and might be limited for the rest of the week, according to . . . Two felony charges against Vikings great Carl Eller, 66, are being dropped. A judge will rule on two lesser charges stemming from his clash with police last April.

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