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September 02, 2010

Sparano sounds like he might sign Hurd if cut but will Hurd come back for less money

 If wide receiver Sam Hurd has played his last game for the Cowboys, it sounds like he might have an interested suitor in Dolphins coach Tony Sparano.

Asked after the game about his starting cornerback Sean Smith getting burned by Hurd for a 43-yard touchdown, Sparano had nothing but praise for the Cowboys sixth receiver who is rumored to be cut or traded in the next couple of days because of his $1.8 million salary.

The Cowboys have no interest in paying Hurd that much money to be a little used backup and special teams ace.

Sparano joined the Dolphins three years ago after serving as the Cowboys offensive line coach. He said he knows all he needs to know about Hurd.

"I know that receiver on the other side of that caught the ball over Sean's head," Sparano said. "I know what he is capable of. You would tell me he's a backup but I know what that guy is all about."

Hurd said after the game that he hopes he did enough to encourage the Cowboys to keep him. He also said he hopes special teams coach Joe DeCamillis will fight to keep him.

But he said he can't worry about it because it's out of his hands.

"I feel like I have been trying to pursue my dream of being a wide receiver," Hurd said. "I have been working hard. But none of it boils down to how I feel. It's all on the coaches. If I have showed them, I have. If I havent, I will keep working. I'm not one of those people who worry. I have a family, a wife and God in my life. There is so much more to worry about. The decision is going to be made regardless of whether I like it or not. I can't sit there and stress over it."

There is a chance Hurd could get cut and come back for less money. The Cowboys would certainly interested in pursuing that option. Hurd said he hasn't discussed that as of yet.

"Those are circumstances that I have to play out with my family and my agent," Hurd said. "So that will all be worked out. Right now, I'm a Cowboy."

Clarence Hill


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