Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fans Say Cowboys Are Right Poll Shows Opinion against Holdout Back

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fans Say Cowboys Are Right Poll Shows Opinion against Holdout Back

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Although it doesn't matter to Emmitt Smith, a majority of Dallas Cowboys fans polled recently said they support owner Jerry Jones in the contract stalemate with his star tailback.

Fifty-one percent of those randomly polled by The Dallas Morning News support Jones in the disagreement with Smith, who is seeking to become the highest-paid running back in the National Football League, the newspaper reported Sunday.

Thirty-five percent of those polled sided with Smith, who sat out the entire training camp and threatens to miss the team's opener Sept. 6 at Washington.

"The 51 percent mirrors the communication I have been getting through phone calls and letters," Jones said. "What is surprising is how knowledgeable and how sophisticated the callers and writers are.

"We all share one thing in common, even the ones who agree with our strategy, and that is we want Emmitt Smith on this football team. We just have a disagreement on what we are willing to pay him to get him here."

Smith's agent, Richard Howell, refused to comment on the poll, which was conducted by telephone with 498 adults in a four-county area Wednesday.

The interviews were conducted with those 18 and older who said they usually follow the Cowboys. The margin of error was 4.5 percent.

Colts: Tom Tupa probably will be the odd-man out today when the Indianapolis Colts cut their active roster to 47 and the number of quarterbacks to three from four.

Don Majkowski, a former Green Bay Packer, appears to have survived a preseason battle with Tupa for the position behind quarterbacks Jack Trudeau and Jeff George, The Indianapolis Star said.

"The decision is up to the coaches, but I think I did the best I could with the limited amount of time I had in camp. I think I got a fair shake," Majkowski said after the Colts closed their preseason Friday with a 41-10 loss to the Packers. …

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