Wednesday, June 5, 1996
Kevin Smith recovering from Achilles' tendon
By DENNE H. FREEMAN
AP Sports Writer
(June 5, 1996)
IRVING, Texas (AP) - Kevin Smith ran forward, sideways and
Tethered to a long rope to help keep him from falling, Smith
quickly sweated through his workout shirt during an agility drill
through a series of orange cones.
He was working hard in the Texas heat but loving it.
"It's getting a lot better," Smith said of his torn
right Achilles' tendon. "I'm hopeful I'll be ready to go
full bore once the regular season starts."
The start of the regular season last year proved to be the end
of the season for the Dallas Cowboys cornerback, who had just
signed a lucrative long-term contract the day before his injury
against the New York Giants.
Smith was injured while breaking up a pass in the end zone. It
was the kind of tear that has ended many a professional career
in all sports.
No cornerback in the NFL has ever made a full, successful recovery
from such an injury.
"I don't think about that," said Smith. "I'm just
going to prove it can be done."
Smith will be needed desperately this year by the Cowboys, who
plan to play Deion Sanders a lot at wide receiver. Upcoming cornerback
Charlie Williams tore up a knee in off-season drills and won't
play this year. Clayton Holmes, who was suspended last year by
the NFL because of chemical abuse problems, won't be back.
"Kevin is one of our key guys, and every day you can see
him improve," said Dallas coach Barry Switzer. "You
can see it happening. Each and every day he gets better. He hasn't
had a setback."
The Cowboys ended another three-day mini-camp on Wednesday. Moody
reserve defensive lineman Darren Benson finally paid a visit
and reported at 350 pounds, some 30 pounds overweight.
Benson has retired and unretired several times.
"Darren has to get his weight down if he is going to help
us," Switzer said.
Quarterback Troy Aikman was slowed at camp by a sore right calf
that has bothered him since last season.
Doctors tell him he has calcium deposits in the muscle.
"The only way to get rid of it is to go in and remove it,
and they don't want to do that," Aikman said. "It's
just something I'll have to deal with."
The Cowboys start regular training camp on July 17 in Austin.
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