Pacman could be done for year
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones might miss the rest of the season because of a neck injury.
Coach Wade Phillips said yesterday that Jones, who was injured early in the 20-13 loss at Pittsburgh, has a "herniated disk, maybe two" and will definitely miss Sunday's game against the New York Giants.
"Our people don't think it's career threatening or anything else that he would have to be operated [on] or anything like that," Phillips said. "But it is something that might put him out this year."
Jones is scheduled to be evaluated by another doctor today.
"The prognosis wasn't good for him playing this year, from our people," Phillips said. "They're going to see if maybe they can reevaluate in a few weeks or they'll say you're not going to play this year. That's what we're looking at."
For the wild-card hopeful Cowboys (8-5), Jones added to an already lengthy injury list. Running back Marion Barber (right pinkie toe, calf), tight end Jason Witten (sprained right ankle), receiver Roy Williams (foot), safety Ken Hamlin (right foot), and guard Montrae Holland (ankle) were among those who did not practice yesterday.
Sunday's game was Jones's first after a six-game suspension, the second time he has been banned by commissioner Roger Goodell for off-field issues.
Portis, Zorn cool offThe rookie head coach and the flamboyant running back reached a smiling truce, with Clinton Portis announcing that he's "cool with everything" and that he has no plans to sever ties with the Washington Redskins.
Portis and coach Jim Zorn held a 10-minute meeting early in the day to discuss Portis's blistering comments made during a radio interview Tuesday. After practice, the two took turns explaining what happened - with the caveat that, as Portis put it, "We both got egos."
"It was something on my chest that I needed to get off," Portis said. "I had some stuff built up. I was itching to air it out. After we talked, we're on the same page."
Miffed over his lack of playing time in last week's 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Portis used his radio airtime on WTEM-AM to accuse Zorn of sending mixed messages. He also sarcastically called Zorn a "genius," and spoke of the possibility of severing ties with the organization.
The issue boiled down to communication, Zorn said. "It's all about losing. Winning doesn't bring all of this out. Losing does. You know what remedies all this? Winning."