Sunday News, Notes, & Rumblings

News & notes surrounding the Cowboys, the NFC East, and the rest of the National Football League are contained in this report for Sunday, May 19th. A couple of can't miss quotes by Fred Smoot are always a decent read in the offseason.

* Former Cowboys' CB Kareem Larrimore signed a two-year contract Saturday morning with the Arena League Dallas Desperados. He did not play in the game last night against the Arizona Rattlers.

After completing a two day tryout this past Wednesday, Larrimore was held out of practice the following before the contract was officially signed. He likely will play both defensive back and wide receiver for the Desperados.

* Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith celebrated his 33rd birthday Wednesday with the birth of his first son, Emmitt James Smith IV, who weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces. Smith, and his wife Pat also have two daughters.

* No new news in regards to Ryan Leaf and Anthony Wright. We certainly figured that one of these atheltes would have been shipped out by now- but it hasn't happened yet. The Cowboys still have six quarterbacks on their current roster, so we are expecting some sort of change sometime soon. Stay tuned.

* The Cowboys will begin their three-day quarterback school this Monday at Valley Ranch with Quincy Carter and Chad Hutchinson continuing to get the majority of snaps. Hutchinson remains firmly entrenched as the leading candidate to back up Quincy next season.

* And in case you missed it, Cowboys' Head Coach Dave Campo had Lasik eye surgery last month to correct his vision, and he now no longer requires glasses on a daily basis. "I never felt comfortable wearing glasses, but I've worn them over 50 years," Campo said.

NFL Notes
* Washington Redskin CB Fred Smoot was asked by reporter John Keim the following question:

"Deion was Prime Time. What are you?"

Smoot responded, "I'm Showtime. It's all about the Show. You've got your Prime and you've got your Show. And I'm the Show. Everyone keeps their eye on the Show."

* All signs are pointing to Marco Coleman being released by the Redskins after June 1st. The two sides have held contract restructuring talks recently, but the cut in pay proposed by the Redskins is much more than the defensive end is willing to accept.

The release of Coleman would save the Redskins nearly $3.6 million in cap space.

* The Jacksonville Jaguars are giving serious consideration to signing former Cowboy quarterback Tony Banks as Mark Brunell's backup. Banks was cut before the start of the 2001 season to make way for rookie QB Quincy Carter.

* Following an offseason that witnessed operations on both of his shoulders, Titans' quarterback Steve McNair is close to being 100% healthy and is showing no ill-affects from the surgical procedures. McNair is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation and will be completely healthy for the start of camp.

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