Emmitt Smith leaves homecoming game with shoulder injury
IRVING, Texas - Emmitt Smith's homecoming turned into a nightmare.
The NFL's all-time leading rusher was stuffed for minus-1 yard on six carries by the Dallas Cowboys before leaving Sunday's game in the second quarter with a sprained left shoulder. He will not return.
The Cowboys lead the Arizona Cardinals, 20-7 in the third quarter.
The 34-year-old Smith rushed for 17,162 yards and 153 touchdowns in 13 glorious years with the Cowboys, winning three Super Bowl titles. Last October 27, Smith passed Walter Payton (16,726) on the NFL's all-time rushing list, but his streak of 11 straight 1,000-yard seasons also came to an end in 2002, when he rushed for 975 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 3.8 yards per carry.
Not part of Bill Parcells' rebuilding program in Dallas, Smith departed for the desert where he brought instant respectability to the Cardinals, an NFL laughingstock with one playoff win in the last half-century.
An eight-time Pro Bowler, Smith incensed his former teammates when he was quoted in a Sports Illustrated article as saying he felt "like a diamond surrounded by trash" in his final season in Dallas. But Smith apologized for those remarks.
The league's all-time leader with 154 rushing touchdowns, Smith scored his first one for the Cardinals last week in a 37-13 loss at St. Louis.
Overall, Smith has produced 192 yards on 65 carries for the Cardinals, an average of just under 3.0 yards per carry.
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