Troy Aikman's back, shoulder, ribs and hamstring will be examined today. One thing the Dallas Cowboys won't have to worry about is Aikman's memory.
He can recite every play from Sunday night's 30-13 Super Bowl victory over the Buffalo Bills.Knocked out of the NFC championship game against San Francisco last week, Aikman came back to improve his playoff record to 6-0 and lead the Cowboys to their second consecutive Super Bowl victory.
"I couldn't remember a play from the 49ers' game, but I remember every one but one today," Aikman joked after Sunday's 30-13 victory over Buffalo. "Somebody said I threw an interception. My memory fails me on that one."
Aikman and Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., will decide if the wear and tear of a difficult season will allow the Cowboys leader to fly to Hawaii for Sunday's Pro Bowl.
"It's been a very hard season on me," Aikman said."My shoulder is a little sore. Right now I feel like I could sleep for five months I'm so tired."
Aikman wasn't great, but he got the job done against the Bills to protect his perfect playoff record as a starter.
"I know we did something very few teams have done," Aikman said. "If we're able to keep all our guys in place and go into next year with the players we have, I think we have a chance to do something special."
Aikman, last year's Super Bowl MVP, completed 19 of 27 passes for 207 yards.
It was vintage Aikman in the second half as he took the Cowboys on two touchdown drives after James Washington returned a fumble 46 yards for a touchdown to tie the game at 13.
Aikman's key play came on the Cowboys' fourth touchdown drive after Washington intercepted at the Buffalo 34. On third-and-8 from the Buffalo 22, Aikman hit Alvin Harper with a 16-yard pass, and Dallas went on to build a 27-13 lead.
"I was a little sluggish at the start, but I got it going," Aikman said. "The concussion didn't bother me. I got over that on Wednesday."
Aikman said this was a much tougher year than last season.
"It wasn't much fun until today," Aikman said. "Last year we weren't supposed to be where we were. It just happened. This year we were supposed to win it all. We had injuries, holdouts, freak plays. It was hard. But it's mighty sweet.
"I was commenting to some guys on the field. I said `you know it's a little different the second time around.' And now I kinda understand what people mean when they say that first one is a little more special than the rest of them. Last year was a little more disbelief."
The only downer for Aikman is that he loses offensive coordinator Norv Turner.
"We'll miss him," Aikman said."He did an amazing job with our offense. He's as much a reason we won two Super Bowls as anyone."