Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman has been diagnosed with a sports hernia injury and the team has forwarded results of his medical tests to a Philadelphia specialist for confirmation before determining whether surgery is necessary, according to a source close to the player.
A Cowboys source said Newman would have the surgery immediately if the sports hernia injury is confirmed and would be out a minimum of six weeks. Newman will miss his third game of the season Sunday when the Cowboys play the Arizona Cardinals.
At the request of Newman and his agent, the Cowboys have sent the player's MRI exam results and other information to Dr. William Meyers, who performed surgery on Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb to repair a sports hernia injury. NBA player Grant Hill, whose father, Calvin, works for the Cowboys, is another professional athlete Meyers has treated for the injury.
Newman played against the Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins with some discomfort and then suffered more intense pain in the team's practice last Friday, when he was listed on the injury report and unable to play against the Cincinnati Bengals.
"It had been painful, but it wasn't something in those first two games where I felt I was really hurting myself,'' Newman said Wednesday in a phone conversation. "It was kind of a dull pain, not something that affected me a whole lot. But last week, it really hurt and I couldn't open up and run and that's why I didn't play.''
Newman said he might have suffered the sports hernia while attempting to prepare to play in the team's season opener against the Cleveland Browns after missing most of training camp and all of the preseason after pulling a groin muscle on July 28.
Newman declined to mention the injury when he claimed responsibility for a poor performance against the Redskins. In the Cowboys' only defeat this season, Newman gave up touchdown catches to James Thrash and Antwaan Randle El and a 53-yard pass to Santana Moss on consecutive series in the second quarter of a 26-24 loss.
"I was frustrated early in the game in the first half," Newman said. "I couldn't get anything going for a while. I settled down and kept pushing and guys just kept encouraging me. I felt better in the second half, way better than in the first."
Ed Werder covers the NFL for ESPN.