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Jones is reinstated by league

August 29, 2008|From the Associated Press

Dallas Cowboys cornerback-kick returner Adam "Pacman" Jones was fully reinstated Thursday from his 17-month NFL suspension, which followed an accumulation of arrests and legal problems, and is clear to play for the Cowboys during the regular season.

"I am fully a Dallas Cowboy," Jones proclaimed before the Cowboys defeated Minnesota, 16-10, in an exhibition Thursday night. Jones did not play.

"I don't have it lingering over my head, 'Will he get reinstated, will he not get reinstated?' I just have to keep myself out of bad situations like I have been doing the last six or seven months."

Jones, acquired by Dallas from Tennessee, has been arrested six times and involved in a dozen incidents requiring police intervention since the Titans drafted him in the first round in 2005. That includes his connection to a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club. His last NFL game was Dec. 31, 2006.

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For the first time since injuring his neck and spine last week, Houston Texans receiver Harry Williams has walked by himself.

Houston television station KRIV reported that Williams walked by himself Thursday morning at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.

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Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Maurice Williams sprained his right knee in the second quarter the Jaguars' 24-3 exhibition victory over the Washington Redskins.

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In other selected exhibitions Thursday, the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots, 19-14, at East Rutherford, N.J. The Patriots end the exhibition season winless (0-4). . . . Brett Favre did not play as the New York Jets defeated the Eagles, 27-20, at Philadelphia. . . . The Detroit Lions used four field goals and a safety to defeat the Buffalo Bills, 14-6, at Orchard Park, N.Y. . . . Aaron Rodgers passed for a touchdown, but the Packers lost to the Tennessee Titans, 23-21, at Green Bay, Wis. . . . Ronnie Brown returned from a thumb injury to rush the ball 12 times for 47 yards as the Miami Dolphins defeated the Saints, 14-10, at New Orleans. . . . Dexter Jackson returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Texans, 16-6, at Houston.

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