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Smith Has Fracture

October 07, 2003|From Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. — NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith has a broken left shoulder blade and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Smith was injured early in the second quarter of Arizona's 24-7 loss to Dallas on Sunday, Smith's first game against the team he helped lead to three Super Bowl victories.

Coach Dave McGinnis said X-rays taken Monday revealed the injury was more serious than originally believed. After the game, the Cardinals said Smith had a sprained shoulder.

"If it was just a bruised shoulder, believe me, Emmitt Smith would have come back out of that locker room," McGinnis said.

Smith was unavailable Monday, reporting to Arizona's training facility for treatment. He left before the team meetings ended and did not speak to reporters.

McGinnis said Smith would be out for at least a few weeks, but doubted his season was over.

"I'm not going to put a time frame on it because I've not been given a time frame on it," McGinnis said.

On his last play, Smith went between the guard and tackle on the left side. Safety Roy Williams arrived in the hole when Smith did and tackled the former Cowboy, causing the injury.

The eight-time All-Pro has 17,354 yards rushing in his career, but only 192 yards and one touchdown with the Cardinals.

From Associated Press

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