IRVING, Texas (AP) - Cowboys linebacker Greg Ellis is no longer
worried about losing his job to a rookie or about wanting a new
contract. His new concern is whether he may be forced to retire
because of an injury.
Ellis tore his left Achilles' tendon last November and went
through an aggressive rehabilitation to trim time from the usual
Thinking he was ready, he went out for the first workout, but
lasted only a few minutes.
The pain forced him to stop. Nearly three weeks later, a spot
above his heel and below the surgically repaired tear is still
hurting him badly.
An MRI shows no problems, so the team's medical staff isn't too
The season starts in four weeks, at home against the New York
No current player has been with the Cowboys longer than Ellis.
He who hopes to be heading into his 10th season.