Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

At a Glance

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

At a Glance

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STANDING OUT

For Michael Irvin, the setting was as pleasing as his performance.

"For me to have this type of game against this type of team and with Jerry Rice on that other sideline, yes, that's something I'll go home and toast to tonight," Irvin said after Dallas beat San Francisco.

Irvin caught a career-high 12 passes for 168 yards. His 36-yard touchdown reception from Troy Aikman late in the third quarter erased a 17-16 deficit and the looming possibility of a 3-3 stumble for the world champions.

"It feels great because we won the ballgame," Irvin said. "If I had had two catches and we'd won the ballgame, I still would have felt great. Heck yeah. When you catch a lot of balls in a win as big as today, in a game as big as today's game, yeah, it feels great.

"We lose, that's all for naught."

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HURTING

Cardinals rookie Garrison Hearst, the third draft choice overall and first running back chosen this year, suffered a sprained left knee after scoirng his first pro touchdown. Hearst gained 4 yards on a sweep around left end before he was tackled from behind by Washington linebacker Carl Banks. Hearst appeared to twist his left leg as he fell, and he immediately grabbed his knee.

He was removed from the field on a flat-bed golf cart, his leg immobilized.

Hearst had 28 yards in 13 carries.

Team orthopedic physician Russell Chick said Hearst suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament of his left knee and would be out two to three weeks. The injury will be re-evaluated today. However, Chick said there was no damage to Hearst's left anterior cruciate ligament. Tests before the draft detected that the ACL was partially torn and had healed.

Among other players of note who suffered injuries on Sunday: Cincinnati quarterback David Klingler suffered a bruised lower back in the second period and did not return. . . . Houston quarterback Cody Carlson suffered a groin injury in the second period and did not return. . . . Philadelphia quarterback Bubby Brister was sidelined with a sprained right ankle late in the first quarter. Brister had replaced Randall Cunningham as starting quarterback last week after Cunningham suffered a broken leg the week before. …

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