Without T.O., Cowboys' problems linger

Updated: October 9, 2009, 5:06 PM ET
By Ed Werder | ESPN.com

While Terrell Owens has been exiled from the Cowboys' locker room, his negative influence seems to linger. The whole point of Jerry Jones' bold and expensive offseason decision to jettison the team's best receiver was to enable Tony Romo to assume a leadership role.

If Jones and head coach Wade Phillips are inclined to tolerate criticism of Romo by his teammates, then they probably should have just kept Owens. The decision not to do so completely fails if Patrick Crayton and Roy Williams ...

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