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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

TO

Yeah, here's what I want to know about the TO situation John Clayton:

Q: What action could the Cowboys take if they believe Owens attempted suicide and they wanted to break their three-year, $25 million contract with him?

A: Those options were pretty much exhausted once they let Owens back on the practice field. Had the Cowboys told him to stay away, they would have had the option of placing him on the non-football injury list, giving them the option of either paying or not paying his salary. They also could have given him a team suspension of four games for conduct detrimental to the team. Those moves would have given the Cowboys the ability to go after $294,000 ($5 million base salary divided by 17 weeks) for each week Owens didn't play. They also would have been able to go after a fraction of his $5 million signing bouns for each week potentially missed. The Patriots asked for and received more than $500,000 of fine money from holdout wide receiver Deion Branch for the days he held out. They also are trying to have Branch repay this year's portion of his original signing bonus because he did not fulfill his contract. That won't happen with Owens. He practiced for a spell Wednesday. If he doesn't play Sunday against the Titans, it will be because his broken finger isn't ready.

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