Cowboys cornerback Pacman Jones is hoping the NFL will allow him to participate in organized team activities this week, the

Dallas Morning News

reported.

According to the newspaper, Jones met last week with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in Atlanta about his possible reinstatement to the league.

Jones has been on indefinite suspension since March 2007 after several run-ins with the law. Last week, he cleared up a $20,000 gambling debt at a Las Vegas casino.

Jones has not been permitted to visit the team training facility or take part in OTAs.

Sources told the Morning News that if the NFL doesn't allow Jones to practice, the Cowboys are hoping the league will allow him to undergo counseling at the facility and interact with his new teammates.

Jones has moved to Dallas. He attended Jason Witten's charity bowling event and recently was at a party hosted by Deion Sanders.

"I teased him,'' Terrell Owens said. "We went inside and were playing around on the basketball court, and I asked him if he was ready to play. He said, 'Yeah, but we're not going to no strip clubs this year.' . . . Everybody is going to welcome him. I think he's going to try to keep his nose clean.''

Noteworthy

* Eight months after Jake Delhomme grabbed his right elbow in agony, and 5 months after the Carolina Panthers ended a miserable season without him, the quarterback began team drills in an optional workout by hunching over center Ryan Kalil.

Delhomme downplayed the significance of throwing about 40 passes in his latest rehabilitation milestone following ligament-replacement surgery, but his teammates and coaches weren't as reserved.

"It's awesome to have your leader back under center," tight end Jeff King said.

"It felt great," Delhomme said. "I think mentally I was a little rusty, but that was to be expected. It was good to be out there in the huddle and actually competing again."

The Panthers believe he'll be ready to practice at least once a day when double sessions begin July 26.

* Former Broncos punter Todd Sauerbrun pleaded guilty in Denver to disturbing the peace in a confrontation with a taxi driver last December and was sentenced to perform 24 hours of community service. *