A near-altercation occurred Friday between Dallas receiver Terrell Owens and tight end Jason Witten in the Cowboys' locker room, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported last night.

The flare-up occurred two days before the Cowboys' showdown with the New York Giants.

Citing two sources, the newspaper said Owens and Witten exchanged words before being separated. Both players acted as if everything was fine when reporters were allowed in the locker room. But Owens clearly still was miffed.

The issue "doesn't matter if we win this week," linebacker Zach Thomas said.

Owens denied a recent ESPN report that he is envious of the relationship between Witten and quarterback Tony Romo.

"What do I have to be jealous of?" Owens said. "Look at me, I'm handsome as hell. ... Anything that goes on, I am going to be the scapegoat. I'm trying to figure out how I make the headlines and I don't even say anything."

Asked if he was cool with Witten and Romo, Owens said: "I'm cool with everybody. We addressed everything. Coach addressed everything. Everything is everything."

The disruptions have occurred at a time when the Cowboys are 8-5, and now sitting as the sixth and final playoff team in the NFC. A loss to the Giants might wind up ending their playoff chances.


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