Think that Bill Parcells and the Cowboys are not gripping right now about the eventual problem that the team is facing at the wide receiver position? With Terrell Owens’ hamstring as tight as a baseball, the team has tried its best to make deals and calm its fan base that despite the Owens injury that things are going to be all right. Think again. If Owens is truly injured enough that it stretches into the regular season, the Cowboys season could be in serious trouble. Things have not exactly gone smooth since Jerry Jones flexed his wallet and went out and got T.O. First there was the whole thing about Owens working out in Florida instead of with team officials in Dallas. Then there was the whole Tour Le Terrell, with him spending more time on a bike instead of on the practice field, which did not sit well with Parcells. Then the Big Tuna finally spoke out, saying that he needed to see his new prized wide out on the field, despite some tightness in the hammy. Sure enough, T.O. must have been listening, because shortly thereafter he was on the practice field.
But now, after all that, Owens was back on a bike Wednesday, crying like a kid that didn’t want the summer to end and go back to school, complaining that again, the hamstring is acting up. “At this point, yeah, I will be close to 100 percent before I get back on the field,” Owens said. “I’m not going to jeopardize my health just because of speculation or anything like that.” Owens himself says the pull is “severe” and is pretty much certain that he will miss Saturday’s game against one of his old teams – the 49’ers. “It’s frustrating, but it’s not where I need it to be to play and perform like I need to,” Owens said. “So at this point, I’m going to be smart about it.” Can you see the veins in Parcell’s head starting to come out? If the coach was frustrated and peed off about the situation before, just think of what he is feeling now. And by the way, with the Cowboys starting off the season September 10th in Jacksonville, Owens says if that game was today – he wouldn’t be in it: “I doubt it,” he said when asked if he could play in that game.
Parcells knows that the fireworks are due to go off any minute in this saga, and has already started looking at backup plans, and receivers that are going to be on the market when cuts are made. While none are close to the players Owens is when healthy, he knows he can’t leave his team shorthanded when September 10th hits. Dallas tried to address the need for help with a trade last week, as the team went after Denver’s Charlie Adams for a 6th round pick in next year’s draft. However, Adams failed his physical and the trade was voided on Friday. While all parties continue to be nice to each other, you can tell that this whole thing may blow up even before game one. You have to wonder if Andy Reid is laughing as he watches the saga unfold on television each and every day. However the situation turns out, the Cowboys season could turn very ugly before it even gets started.