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By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 5, 2000


Galloway finished one game into Cowboy career IRVING, Texas -- Joey Galloway was supposed to help turn the Dallas Cowboys around. Instead, his knee injury has turned things upside down.

Tests on Monday revealed a torn ligament in the wide receiver's left knee that will require season-ending surgery. Making matters worse, quarterbacks Troy Aikman and Randall Cunningham are listed as questionable for Sunday night's game in Arizona.

Aikman sustained his ninth career concussion in the second quarter of Sunday's 41-14 loss in the opener against Philadelphia. The Eagles mauled him all nine times he tried to throw, resulting in four sacks and five incompletions.

Aikman still was feeling dizzy and having headaches Monday. If his symptoms continue today, it's unlikely he would play Sunday.

"Let me be sure we're clear about one thing: I'm not interested in any way of jeopardizing his long-term well-being," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "If you think I'm sitting here pushing him to get back out there on behalf of winning a ball game, the answer is no."

Cunningham, who missed four preseason games because of shoulder problems, hurt the thumb on his throwing hand when he hit it against a defender. He said he expects to be ready.

FAVRE HURTS THUMB: Green Bay coach Mike Sherman said quarterback Brett Favre sprained his right thumb Sunday. Sherman said the injury isn't serious. Favre missed the final three preseason games with tendinitis in his right elbow.

Meanwhile, standout second-year cornerback Mike McKenzie is expected to be out 4-6 weeks with torn cartilage in his left knee. McKenzie is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery Wednesday, general manager Ron Wolf said.

BILLS: Rob Johnson was on his feet, saying the feeling and movement had returned to his lower left leg. "It's just real weak right now and I'm sure in the next couple of days it'll come back," the quarterback said, adding he expects to practice Wednesday. Johnson went down with what he called a "stinger" just above his ankle five minutes into the fourth quarter.

GIANTS: Safety Sam Garnes is scheduled to have a post-concussion evaluation today to determine whether he can play this weekend against Philadelphia.

JAGUARS: Tight end Damon Jones will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The injury will require surgery. Doctors also diagnosed running back Stacey Mack with a sprained left ankle.

SEAHAWKS: One game into the season, Mike Holmgren might be ready to make a quarterback change after starter Jon Kitna played poorly in the shutout loss to Miami. The coach said he hasn't decided whether Kitna or Brock Huard will start in the home opener Sunday against the Rams.

Injury report

TROY AIKMAN: Cowboys QB, concussion, questionable.

RANDALL CUNNINGHAM: Cowboys QB, injured thumb, questionable.

AL FONTENOT: Chargers DE, apparent sprained left ankle, questionable.

JOEY GALLOWAY: Cowboys WR, torn ligament in left knee, out for season.

SAM GARNES: Giants S, concussion, questionable.

RAYLEE JOHNSON: Chargers DE, knee injury, out for season.

DAMON JONES: Jaguars TE, torn ACL in right knee, out for season.

LEVON KIRKLAND: Steelers LB, sprained ankle, status unknown.

CHRIS LIWIENSKI: Vikings G, sprained right knee, out up to three weeks.

STACEY MACK: Jaguars RB, sprained left ankle, questionable.

JOEL MAKOVICKA: Cardinals FB, knee injury, status unknown.

MIKE MCKENZIE: Packers CB, torn cartilage in left knee, out 4-6 weeks.

LANCE SCHULTERS: 49ers S, sprained left ankle, questionable.

L.J. SHELTON: Cardinals OT, sprained right knee, questionable.

DAVE SZOTT: Chiefs G, sprained right elbow, questionable.

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