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Testaverde is finally just one of the 'Boys

By wire services
Published June 6, 2004

IRVING, Texas - Vinny Testaverde, the 40-year-old quarterback reunited with Dallas coach Bill Parcells last week, took his first snaps with the Cowboys when they opened minicamp Saturday. He was second team behind incumbent Quincy Carter.

Still, Parcells made one thing clear.

"I'm rooting for them all," Parcells said. "So whoever plays the best is going to play."

Whether it be Carter, Testaverde, Drew Henson, Tony Romo or Chad Hutchinson.

Four of the quarterbacks are splitting the snaps this weekend, and Parcells said it would be equally. Hutchinson, the likely odd-man out, hasn't rejoined the team since his NFL Europe season was cut a game short by a shoulder injury.

Carter threw for 3,302 yards and 17 touchdowns (with 21 interceptions) last season when the Cowboys went 10-6 and got into the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

"He certainly has a leg up on anybody here," Parcells said.

SUMMERALL OUT ON HIS OWN: Broadcaster Pat Summerall attended the first day Dallas minicamp, two months after getting a liver transplant. Summerall said it was his first trip on his own since being cleared to drive. The 73-year-old former NFL kicker, who lives in nearby Southlake, said he feels good but gets tired quickly. Summerall received a new liver April 10. A recovering alcoholic, he qualified for a transplant through blood tests that rank potential recipients anonymously.

BROWNS SIGN LINEMAN: Right tackle Ryan Tucker signed a four-year contract extension through 2009 after a season in which he was the Browns' only offensive player to start all 16 games. The extension is part of an effort by the Browns to sign their more productive veterans to long-term deals.

NFL EUROPE: Ryan Van Dyke scored on a 1-yard run and threw a touchdown in the fourth quarter, rallying the Cologne Centurions to a 28-20 victory over the host Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe. [Last modified June 5, 2004, 23:52:18]

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