OXNARD, Calif. Terrell Owens had a quizzical look when he heard the question. Then came his response, "What distractions?"
With T.O., there really are none these days.
"I'm content where I am," Owens said Saturday, after the Dallas Cowboys had their first training camp practice in pads. "I know I'm going to be a Cowboy for life."
Things are much different from his first training camp with the Cowboys two years ago, when they were last held in California and Owens spent more time riding a stationary bicycle than catching passes with a sore hamstring. Not to mention all the head-butting with then-coach Bill Parcells.
Plus, there are no contract issues. That potential distraction was eliminated when Jerry Jones gave Owens a three-year extension this summer. His deal now goes through 2011 instead of expiring after this season."I'm just playing free, stress-free, and just going out here and just trying to get my team better from every aspect of the game," the 34-year-old Owens said.
MANNING MISSES ANOTHER DAY: Peyton Manning still hasn't made it to training camp.
The two-time league MVP missed his second-straight day of Colts practice Saturday as he continues to recover from knee surgery at his Indianapolis-area home. He had an infected bursa sac removed from his left knee July 14, and doctors have instructed him to stay home to avoid risking another infection.
Neither Colts coach Tony Dungy nor Manning, who addressed the injury during a conference call with reporters Thursday, have said when he is expected to arrive at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, where the Colts practice through Aug. 15.
It's an unusual situation for the Colts. Since signing his rookie contract in 1998, after a five-day holdout, Manning has rarely missed a practice or team meeting. One of the most durable quarterbacks in league history, Manning has started all 160 regular-season games during his 10 seasons, the second-longest streak in league history behind Brett Favre's record 253 consecutive starts.
Jim Sorgi, who has backed up Manning the last four seasons, has replaced Manning at practice. Indy also signed two veteran quarterbacks, Quinn Gray and Jared Lorenzen, on Thursday.
CHIEFS AGREE TO TERMS WITH DORSEY: First-round draft pick Glenn Dorsey has agreed to contract terms with the Kansas City Chiefs and was expected at Saturday afternoon's practice.
Dorsey, the fifth overall choice in the 2008 draft, agreed to a five-year deal with an option for a sixth year, Chiefs president Carl Peterson said on Saturday.
A person who requested anonymity because terms of the deal had not been announced said it included a guarantee of about $22 million.
DOLPHINS' HENNE ENDS HOLDOUT: Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne has ended a short holdout from training camp and took part in the team's 5 p.m. Saturday session.
Henne signed a four-year deal, becoming the ninth and final draft pick to agree to terms with Miami.
Although financial terms were not immediately available, the NFL Network reported that the deal is worth $3.5 million.
Henne is represented by the same agent, Justin Schulman, as quarterback John Beck, who was selected 17 spots before Henne in last year's draft.
BILLS' 1ST-ROUND PICK MCKELVIN SIGNS: First-round pick Leodis McKelvin, signed a five-year contract with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday, and the cornerback is set to join the team after missing only two days of training camp.
Selected 11th overall out of Troy University, McKelvin signed his rookie contract at the Bills headquarters in Orchard Park and was preparing to join the team at its training camp facility in suburban Rochester after he missed four practices, including two on Saturday.
LIFESAVER GONZALEZ GETS PRAISE FROM OBAMA AND BUSH: Saving a man's life has brought Tony Gonzalez praise from the current president and possibly the next one.
The Kansas City Chiefs' Pro Bowl tight end met Sen. Barack Obama during a campaign stop in California, and the Democratic candidate for president congratulated him for stopping a man from choking to death.
About the same time, Gonzalez opened his mail and read a letter from President and Mrs. Bush.
"The president said, 'Thank you for helping out your fellow human being,"' Gonzalez said Saturday. "He said he and Laura wished me good luck in the upcoming season."
As a nine-time Pro Bowler who needs less than 200 yards receiving to set the all-time record for tight ends, Gonzalez has long been accustomed to compliments. He already owns the NFL record for his position with 820 catches and 66 touchdowns.
But coming to the rescue of a man in a California restaurant on July 3 seems to have added to his fame in ways he would never have dreamed.
"I got e-mails from people all over, literally," he said. "Friends of mine in Europe saw the story and got in touch with me."
Gonzalez was having dinner with his wife, brother and baby daughter in Huntington Beach, Calif., when Ken Hunter, sitting at the next table, got a piece of meat lodged in his throat.
Hunter's companion began screaming, "He can't breathe, he can't breathe," and Gonzalez looked around to see. He noticed the man was turning blue, and then saw that everybody in the crowded restaurant was just staring "wide-eyed," and not trying to help.
So Gonzalez, although he'd never been trained in the Heimlich maneuver, jumped to his feet, wrapped his long, sinewy arms around the stricken man and began to squeeze. After a few seconds, the meat popped out and Hunter, a shipping company manager in Huntington Beach, recovered.
"Tony saved my life," Hunter later told The Associated Press.