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Owens says he should still be in Dallas

CANTON — Terrell Owens believes he should still be playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

Instead, Owens was playing wide receiver against them Sunday night as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals in the Hall of Fame game that opened the NFL preseason.

“You have to take the bitter with the sweet, and you move on,” Owens said. “Do I think I should probably be there? Yeah.

“It was short-lived. I was prematurely let go. Things like that happen.”

Owens spent three years in Dallas, one of five stops during his career that is about to enter a 15th season. He caught 235 passes for 3,587 yards and 38 touchdowns as a Cowboy.

Even though he received a four-year contract extension before the 2008 season, he was released by the Cowboys at the end of the season amid headlines that he feuded with quarterback Tony Romo and offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.

“There’s no turning back or going back or redoing anything,” Owens said. “Again, I still stand by the things that I said and what was done. I know that honestly it wasn’t my fault.”

He played for Buffalo in 2009 and signed with the Bengals when training camp started this year. He remains confident he still is a playmaker and will show that while combining with good friend Chad Ochocinco and another Bengals newcomer, Antonio Bryant.

“I feel confident about myself and what I can still do on the football field even at the age of 36,” Owens said.