A sleepy and shaken Emmitt Smith came home in a neck brace Tuesday. That doesn’t mean he’s planning to take next weekend off.
The indestructible Dallas Cowboys running back could play in five days against the New York Giants.
“We feel good about the doctors’ reports, because everything checks out OK,” said Dallas coach Barry Switzer. “Emmitt was up all night and hasn’t had any rest or sleep, but he says he feels good and maybe he could play this week.”
Smith’s latest injury came late in a 22-6 loss to the Chicago Bears, when he fell on his head carrying out a play fake. It came two weeks after Smith suffered a sprained knee ligament in the final exhibition game, which he overcame.
Smith stayed overnight in a Chicago hospital, then flew home with owner Jerry Jones in the Cowboys’ private jet. Smith had some soreness and stiffness in his neck and shoulders, but results of an MRI, CAT scan and other tests were negative.
‘Emmitt’s OK,” said team physician Dr. Robert Vandermeer in Dallas. “There are no fractures at all and Emmitt is feeling well.’
Asked if the All-Pro running back would be given the green light in the home opener Sunday against the Giants, Vandermeer said, “We’re going to take it day by day, and I’ll see him again tomorrow.”
Smith, who started despite the sore knee, gained 70 yards on 18 carries.
It was the first time since 1989 the Cowboys failed to produce a touchdown in a season opener.
“I looked at the films and it was still ugly,” Switzer said.
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