Cornerback Terence Newman said Monday his injured foot has yet to begin feeling better, and is unsure how long he'll be out.
"My foot is about the same," Newman said. "It's not getting any
Dallas head coach Wade Phillips said he thinks Newman still might be
ready to play in the team's season-opening game against the New York Giants. Newman didn't sound so sure.
"Turns out it's not plantar fasciitis (an inflammation of the plantar
fascia, a thick, connective tissue that supports the arch of the
foot)," Newman said. "It's actually a little tear of the plantar
fascia, which I guess is kind of unusual. Right now, we're waiting to
see what we need to do to get it better."
Newman said he thinks that recovery process will involve rest and
treatment from the Dallas medical staff, rather than surgery,
although he isn't sure.
"It's something that I think could bother me the whole year," Newman
said. "Right now, I can't plant on it. There are some things they
(team doctors) say they can do, like freezing it during the game. But
we're still not sure — not a lot of people tear it."
Newman also said the initial diagnosis encouraged him to try to play
through the injury, an effort that resulted in further tests.
"I tried, when we first thought it was a bone bruise, or a heel
bruise," he said. "But then they did more tests. That's when they
found out there was a tear."
He will be on the field this season — he's just not sure
when — and joked that the Cowboys couldn't get rid of him if they
"I'll be back this season — nothing's going to keep me out all
season," he said. "They could try to trade me, and I'll still show up."
Safety Ken Hamlin said that if Newman can't play in the team's final
preseason game, this Thursday at Minnesota, that's more than
acceptable if it means the star cornerback's healing process is
"If he needs to miss the last preseason game, fine — I'll give him a
hall pass," Hamlin said with a laugh. "You always want to have all the pieces of
the puzzle, and he's a huge piece.
"The Giants, or whoever, aren't going to wait round for us to get
healthy. He's a great player. He's so quick and athletic, he can come
up and make plays. When he's there, we can do more as a defense."
"I could run a little, but not at full speed," Newman added. "I'll do
it, but again, I'm not the coach."
Newman Putting Best Foot Forward
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