Notes: Starry kiss draws 15 yards

Updated: 4:05 p.m

Chad Ocho Cinco, who says Carson Palmer has told him he'll play Sunday, has another star in sight in Dallas.

"To show my respect for Dallas and its owner Jerry Jones, I'm going to score and I'm going to kiss the star," he said after Wednesday's practice, referring to the Cowboys logo at the Texas Stadium 50-yard line. "I'm not being rude about anything. I'm going to kiss the star. I'm excited about going to Dallas."

But he might want to clear it with head coach Marvin Lewis first. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that would draw a 15-yard penalty.

"You cannot go to the ground for a TD celebration. In addition, running to the middle of the field to celebrate a TD is taunting," Aiello said in an e-mail.


Lewis said after practice that Palmer (elbow) got some work in the running game and that he did "rehab throwing." Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took the bulk of the snaps.


Lewis also said he expected new running back Cedric Benson to get some snaps Sunday in Dallas despite being exposed to the playbook only Tuesday.


Offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski said wide receiver Chris Henry looked in shape and had a good first practice off his four-game suspension. He was immediately lined up on scout team to play Owens for the first-team defense.


Bratkowski also said Benson will probably "spell Chris (Perry) at some point."

"We looked at him on film, we looked at him in the workout," he said. He's got playing time. He's got running ability. He was a No. 1 draft pick, so there's obviously talent there. He looked good in practice. He had nice quickness and good feet. It's good to have him here, He looked in good condition (Tuesday), he had good quickness. You can't get him ready to do everything. A set thing is OK if Chris gets hurt. You're going to do A, B and C and you go from there. You want a Plan B for the other stuff we do."


Ocho Cinco and T.J. Houshmandzadeh haven't taken to calling out the coaches yet. But in The Ocho's conference call with the Dallas media, they allowed what could be their frustration when they backed Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens' assertion having 18 balls thrown his way last week isn't enough.

When The Ocho handed the phone to Houshmandzadeh, The Dallas Morning News reported he said "Tell T.O. to tell (Cowboys offensive coordinator) Jason Garrett they need to throw the ball to him 24 times," Houshmandzadeh said. "Me and Chad ain't had 17 balls thrown our way in a game yet combined. Tell him they need to give it to him 24 or 25 times."

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