Newman hopeful of playing in opener; Rector among cuts

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IRVING, Texas (AP) – Dallas Cowboys starting cornerback Terence Newman still hopes to play in the season opener even though his painful right heel is "not getting better yet," and former Celeste High School standout Jamaica Rector was among nine players the Cowboys cut on Monday.

Newman said today that he has a small tear in his plantar fascia, or tissue in the bottom of the foot.

While Newman met with team trainers about how to treat hisfoot, linebacker Greg Ellis was in Alabama to have his Achilles tendon examined by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.

The team also said linebacker Kevin Burnett would have bone chips removed from his foot, though he should be able to play in the regular season opener. Kicker Martin Gramatica has a slightly pulled right hamstring, but hasn't been ruled out for Thursday's preseason finale against Minnesota.

Coach Wade Phillips said receiver Terry Glenn, who had arthroscopic surgery August First to remove loose cartilage from his right knee, will return to practice Saturday and should be able to play in the September Ninth opener against the New York Giants.

The Cowboys released nine players today to get their roster to 76 players, one over the limit they have to reach by tomorrow.

Among the cuts were second-year receiver Jamaica Rector and nose tackle Montavious Stanley, both who spent time on the active roster last season.

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