It's hard to say whether the Cowboys have missed Tony Fiammetta more, or Tony Fiammetta has missed the Cowboys more. The team's starting fullback has missed the past two games with an unknown illness. His symptoms include nausea, dizziness and "an uneasy feeling kind of thing."
"I'm alive and well, and doing OK," Fiammetta said Wednesday at Valley Ranch. "Things are getting better. ...I'm starting to turn the corner. Hopefully, I'll be ready for next week."
The Cowboys have ruled out Fiammetta for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He hopes to return Dec. 11 against the Giants. But Dallas signed fullback Shaun Chapas from the practice squad Wednesday, an indication they don't have a timetable on Fiammetta's return.
Fiammetta has been tested for anything and everything related to his symptoms. He said things have been looking up the past few days.
"We’re just trying to get to the bottom of it," Fiammetta said. "I’m starting to turn the corner. Hopefully I’ll be ready for next week."
He said he rested at home for the first week, but he has been back at Valley Ranch since. He attends meetings and is working out. Fiammetta has received texts from well-wishers, who have worried about his health after hearing news reports that he is out with an "unknown illness."
"When people say 'unknown illness' in the injury report, people that are close to me and friends are going to ask me what’s going on," he said. "We’re just still trying to get to the bottom of it. There’s no definite answer out there. There’s nothing that I can really tell them."
In the six games Fiammetta has played, the Cowboys averaged 145.8 yards per game and 5.6 yards per carry. In the past two games he has missed, they averaged 85.6 and 3.2.
"I want to see the team succeed whether I’m there or not," Fiammetta said. "Hopefully when I come back, I can continue to do what I was doing before and help the team win some games."
-- Charean Williams