Stir Up the Campbell

Injured TE Dan Campbell says that despite some early-season stumbles, speculation that the Cowboys' post-season hopes might be slipping away are extremely premature. <BR>

"That's the beauty of the whole deal," Campbell said. "With one win (Sunday at Cincinnati), we're 4-4 going into the Monday night game with Philadelphia. Then we've got that showdown, and guess what? We win that one, and we're back in it. Everyone will be back on the bandwagon."

Campbell said that the vote in Arlington to approve the tax hike needed to fund the team's proposed new stadium will allow the Cowboys to join the other teams around the league that enjoy new stadiums ... and Campbell said that the team deserves it.

"I probably won't have an opportunity to play in it," he said. "When it's built ... that would be 10 years in the NFL, and another five years with the Cowboys -- which I hope happens -- but that's a long time.

"When you think about people like Tom Landry, Roger Staubach, Don Meredith and all those guys ... this is one of the elite franchises in the NFL, and it's time we have a new stadium. If anyone deserves a new stadium, it's us."

Campbell said that even if he doesn't get to play in the team's new digs, he doesn't rule out ever having reason to go there.

"I don't know if I'll get to play there or not," he said. "But if I don't, maybe I'll get to see my son play a high school state championship game there, or maybe a Big 12 championship game."

At the risk of sounding like Wally Pipp (the former New York Yankee first baseman who was sidelined by injury and lost his job -- forever -- to Lou Gehrig), Campbell sounded like the president of the Jason Witten Fan Club this week.

"Wthout a doubt, Jason is one of the best tight ends in the NFL," Campbell said. "Don't think I'm biased -- yes, I play with him, but I also played with Jeremy Shockey in New York. So I know a good tight end when I see one."

The Pipp/Gehrig analogy isn't quite accurate, since the Cowboys can use more than one tight end -- on a rotation basis, if not at the same time -- so it's not like Campbell is going to lose his spot on the roster as Witten continues to develop. But Campbell's admiration for Witten extends beyond the the Cowboys' rising young star's touchdown receptions.

"He's a great all-around tight end," Campbell said. "If you ask him to block, he'll block. If you ask him to run routes, he runs routes. We all know he can catch. I'd say, without a doubt, that Jason's already one of the top five tight ends in the league."

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