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Wednesday Beastlines

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Cowboys

  • With Terrell Owens no longer in Dallas, the spotlight is on Tony Romo: "Contrary to some, I think he's a natural leader," Jerry Jones said. "I think his leadership role will naturally foment; his position and his talent at that position, and him exerting leadership is a big ingredient to us winning. ... His awareness of his leadership responsibility is encouraging."

  • Romo has plans in October to attend Eastern Illinois' Homecoming with Hall of Fame inductions.

  • The Cowboys are hoping for some fan support in San Antonio: "We are definitely excited going back to San Antonio, being around all the fans," linebacker Bradie James said. "There will be a lot of people there, so we will practice well. That helps us out when you get in the dog days of camp, and you see all those fans out there."

Eagles

  • Left tackle Jon Runyan is still a free agent.

  • Tight end Cornelius Ingram claims his knee is fine. "I've been catching on really good with the offense," Ingram said. "I've had the opportunity to be in there and get a lot of reps. My knee has been healthy the entire time. I've been getting better every day. I can see that I'm making strides and I feel real good about where I'm at right now."

Giants

  • Michael Boley won't be in the season opener.

  • More on this story from Ralph Vacchiano.

  • Hank Gola also had the story for the Daily New.

  • And Tom Rock of Newsday says the Giants knew Boley would face this situation when they signed him in May. "I wonder if knowing that a suspension was coming had any influence on the decision to surgically repair the torn labrum in Boley's hip last week, a procedure that carries an 8-10 week recovery period and could have cost Boley a chance to play in the opener anyway," writes Rock.

Redskins

  • Wide receiver Trent Shelton is big on Twitter. He has a bunch of followers, and, even though he grew up in Fort Worth, he doesn't like "America's Team." "I hated the Cowboys, actually," he said.