Aikman to sit out Sunday

Despite concussions, QB sacks retirement talk

November 11, 1999|By DALLAS MORNING NEWS

IRVING, Texas -- Troy Aikman doesn't remember the hit that knocked him out of Monday's Minnesota game. Two days later, the headaches persist and he admits to being a little dizzy.

Still, the Dallas quarterback was thinking clearly enough yesterday to clear up some of the questions regarding his status.

Aikman will not play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. He stressed that while he takes his latest concussion seriously -- the ninth by his count -- he has not considered retirement.

The Cowboys quarterback avoided setting a timetable for his return but did say he hoped to be ready for the game against Arizona on Nov. 21. Aikman, 32, acknowledged that he was told he suffered a concussion against Indianapolis 11 days ago even though Cowboys officials have repeatedly maintained he didn't. He said he doesn't regret his decision to play Monday night against the Vikings and would do so again.

"I feel like I've been responsible," Aikman said. "I say that while trying to make it very clear that at this time, I'm not considering walking away from the game. I still feel like I have years left in me."

Sunday marks the first time this decade the Cowboys will kick off a game without Aikman, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith. Irvin hasn't played since he suffered a spinal contusion in early October and his future is uncertain. Smith had a plate and screws inserted into his broken right hand Tuesday night and is expected to be out from two to five weeks.

Aikman said he's satisfied with the direction and advice provided by the Cowboys' medical staff.

"I think the decision to play against Minnesota was an informed decision and I think it was the right decision," Aikman said. "I've never missed a game due to a concussion in years past, and I've had much more severe ones than Indianapolis. It was just unfortunate that I happened to have another one."

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