Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman had a disc fragment removed Saturday and will be out 6-12 weeks, his neurosurgeon said.
"Six weeks would be absolutely the soonest he could return to a physical football situation," said Dr. Robert Watkins, who performed the surgery in Los Angeles. Watkins said it would be best for the Super Bowl MVP to stay out at least 12 weeks.
Asked whether Aikman will be ready for Dallas' opener at Washington Sept.
6, Watkins said: "I think there is a chance."
Aikman injured his back lifting weights in May.
"It's a relief to have the surgery completed and to know that I'm not going to have any more problems," he said. "I won't know when I'll be able to return to practice for at least a couple of weeks, but from everything I've heard, I feel good about being ready for the season."
Fastest man: Raiders wide receiver Alexander Wright won the NFL's Fastest Man competition for the second consecutive year, edging Falcons wide receiver Michael Haynes in a final staged in 110-degree heat in Indio, Calif. Wright covered the 60 yards in 6.19 seconds to win $25,000; Haynes finished in 6.20 and won $15,000.