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Phillips denies saying Patriots' success is tainted

IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys coach Wade Phillips insisted Friday that he never said New England's three Super Bowl championships were tainted.

Two days before the already much-hyped matchup of 5-0 teams, when the Patriots play in Dallas, Phillips denied making such comments after New England coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and the team lost a draft pick for videotaping an opposing sideline this season.

"I think it's ludicrous to demean a team, an organization that has done a great job and won all those games, and deserved every bit of it," Phillips said. "They won all those championships. They deserve every bit of what they got."

On HBO's "Inside the NFL" program this week, Peter King claimed in a discussion about the Patriots that Phillips suggested to King that their three Super Bowl titles in four seasons were tainted because of the spying allegations.

"The league, the Patriots, everybody, they just want this spygate thing to go away," King said. "But Wade Phillips this week told me something that I think a lot of coaches around the league and a lot of people around the league are still thinking, and that is, 'Hey, New England was caught cheating and it is a black mark on their success."'

Phillips acknowledged talking to King but insisted that isn't what he said — or even inferred — during their conversation.

"To quote me as saying black mark, that's an Eastern term. That's a Connecticut term," Phillips said. "I might use smudge or something like that from Texas. ... I'm sure he misconstrued what I said."

WILLIAMS FINED AGAIN: Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams has been fined for the second time this season for a "horse-collar" tackle.

The NFL fined Williams $15,000 for a tackle against running back Marshawn Lynch in Monday night's game at Buffalo. Williams drew a penalty on the play, but the flag was for an incidental facemask and not the tackle.

After a similar tackle against Chicago tight end Desmond Clark last month, Williams was fined $12,500.

CARR PROBABLE: Quarterback David Carr returned to practice Friday for Carolina and was listed as probable for the Panthers' game Sunday at Arizona.

But Coach John Fox was not ready to declare Carr the starter. "That will be a game-time decision," he said.

If Carr can't go, either Vinny Testaverde or Matt Moore would get the start.

Carr missed the last two days of practice with a back injury, but Fox said he looked good during practice Friday.

JACKSON MAY GET NOD: Minnesota quarterback Tarvaris Jackson is listed as probable for the Vikings' game Sunday at Chicago, making it likely that he will get his first start in three weeks.

Jackson injured his groin against Detroit in Week 2, when he threw four interceptions.

MCNAIR UPDATE: Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair missed his second consecutive day of practice Friday with a stiff back, and the team will make a decision at game time Sunday whether he will play against the St. Louis Rams.