ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Adam Jones took a break from his friendly feud with Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall to get down to some serious business.
The Dallas Cowboys' suspended cornerback said Thursday he's sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking to be allowed to play this season.
While Jones is allowed to play in preseason games, the Cowboys don't know when they will find out if he will be fully reinstated for the regular season. Goodell has said only that a decision would come before the regular season.
"As part of the reinstatement review, he was given an opportunity to submit any relevant information he would like to provide. He was asked to do that by this Friday if he chose to do so," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in an e-mail.
The league also wanted an update from Jones on what he's doing to stay out of trouble.
"I didn't do them to influence the commissioner. I did them to better myself as a person," Jones said. "They were normally things that I have been doing besides staying out of trouble. That's what I'm trying to do."
The NFL suspended Jones in April 2007 following an accumulation of arrests and legal problems. He has been arrested six times and involved in a dozen incidents requiring police intervention since the Titans drafted him in the first round in 2005.
"Commissioner Goodell told Jones that his continued participation in the NFL depends on demonstrating that he can conduct himself in a lawful and reliable manner," the NFL said in a June 2 statement. "Jones will be expected to continue the personal conduct program established by the NFL and the Cowboys and to avoid further adverse involvement with law enforcement."
Marshall is appealing a three-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct code for a series of off-the-field missteps during a 12-month period beginning in March 2007.
Putting their suspensions aside, the two friends have had a spirited battle of words, gestures and actions during their lead-up to Saturday night's preseason game at Invesco Field.
On Thursday, Marshall had another scribbled message for Jones: "Adam's no Pacman."
"Since he changed his name back to Adam, he's not even Pacman," Marshall explained. "He's not even as good as Pacman used to be. ... I told him to spice it up a little, stop letting me win."
Jones argued that Marshall is putting too much weight on catches he makes during drills without a pass rush, and besides, he said Marshall keeps changing his routes when he sees who's covering him.
"That's all part of football," Owens said. "When you get all this testosterone going out here, it gets a little out of hand."
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press