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Sunday, October 5, 2003
Emmitt Smith hurt in homecoming game


IRVING, Texas -- Arizona running back Emmitt Smith had his first game as an opponent of the Dallas Cowboys cut short because of a sprained left shoulder, and finished with the least productive game of his career.

Smith, the NFL's career rushing leader, left early in the second quarter. X-rays on his shoulder were negative, but Smith remained in the locker room after halftime and team officials said he would not return.

The homecoming ended with Smith losing 1 yard on six carries. He also caught two passes for 2 yards.

Smith was hit hard every time he touched the ball, and was crushed at the line by Cowboys safety Roy Williams on his last carry. On the game's first play, Smith was buried in the backfield by defensive tackle La'Roi Glover for a 4-yard loss.

Smith signed with the Cardinals last spring after being released by the Cowboys. He spent 13 seasons in Dallas, breaking Walter Payton's rushing mark last October, and was part of three Super Bowl championships.

Dallas offensive guard Larry Allen, a seven-time Pro Bowler while blocking for Smith, left the game late in the first half with a sprained left knee.