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    QUICK HITS

    By Clarence E. Hill Jr.

    Star-Telegram Staff Writer


    A PLACE TO SIT

    About 600 seats remain available for Sunday's game between the Cowboys and Cleveland Browns at Texas Stadium. The available seats -- mostly pairs and singles -- can be purchased online at www.dallascowboys.com or by calling Ticketmaster at (214) 953-1500.

    NO TIME TO WAIT

    Cowboys coach Bill Parcells had high hopes for defensive tackle Daleroy Stewart during training camp. He said Stewart had the potential to be a force in the middle. Well, it seems Parcells got tired of waiting on Stewart to live up to his expectations, releasing the third-year veteran Tuesday. The Cowboys needed the roster spot to make room for the return of defensive tackle Leo Carson, who was suspended for the season opener for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy. Stewart's release leaves only two members of the 2001 draft class on the roster -- safety Tony Dixon and center Matt Lehr. The other missing members of the class are Quincy Carter, Willie Blade, Markus Steele, Colston Weatherington, John Nix and Char-ron Dorsey.

    LOCAL ATTRACTION

    Former Polytechnic standout offensive lineman Thomas Herrion is back with the Cowboys. Herrion, released Sept. 5, has been signed back to the practice squad. Cornerback Lenny Williams was released to make room for Herrion. The move with Herrion was partly prompted by the knee injuries to guard Andre Gurode and guard/center Tyson Walter. A final word on their status for Sunday's game might be revealed today.

    SENDING A MESSAGE

    Two Pro Football Hall of Famers, coach Mike Ditka and former Cowboys great Tony Dorsett, will be co-national spokesmen for "Tackling Men's Health," an NFL men's health education program. The program encourages men to visit their doctors regularly and be proactive in managing their health.

    FIRST STRING

    When Eddie George started in the season opener against Minnesota on Sunday, it was the 129th consecutive start of his career. The NFL's all-time leaders for consecutive starts by a running back:


    Player Seasons Starts
    1. Walter Payton 1975-87 170
    2. Eddie George 1996-04 129*
    3. Ricky Watters 1992-01 114
    4. Ricky Young 1975-81 94
    5. Tony Dorsett 1980-86 84
    6. Barry Sanders 1994-98 80

    *- most consecutive starts by an NFL running back to begin a career.

    HOME SWEET HOME

    The Cowboys are 31-12-1 in home openers, including a 23-9 mark at Texas Stadium. A look at the Cowboys' past 10 home openers:


    Season Opponent Result
    2003 Atlanta L, 27-13
    2002 Tennessee W, 21-13
    2001 Tampa Bay L, 10-6
    2000 Philadelphia L, 41-14
    1999 Atlanta W, 24-7
    1998 Arizona W, 38-10
    1997 Philadelphia W, 21-20
    1996 NY Giants W, 27-0
    1995 Denver W, 31-21
    1994 Houston W, 20-17

    PASS-HAPPY

    After one week, Cowboys 40-year-old quarterback Vinny Testaverde leads the NFL in passing yards. The top five:


    Player, team Yards
    1. Vinny Testaverde, Dallas 355
    2. Tom Brady, N. England 335
    3. Donovan McNabb, Phila. 330
    4. Rich Gannon, Oakland 305
    5. Jake Delhomme, Carolina 284

    NO BAGELS HERE

    The top five streaks in NFL history for most consecutive games without being shut out:

    San Francisco G: 419 Yrs: 1977-present

    Cleveland G: 274 Yrs: 1950-1971

    Dallas G: 218 Yrs: 1970-1985

    Oakland G: 217 Yrs: 1966-1981

    New Orleans G: 216 Yrs: 1983-1997

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