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TROY AIKMAN: ``I'LL BE OK BY SUNDAY'

TROY AIKMAN: ``I'LL BE OK BY SUNDAY'

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Troy Aikman said he remembered who he was about 4 a.m. Monday, about a half day after he had been knocked goofy by the San Francisco 49ers.

``All I remember was the pregame introduction and the pass Alvin Harper dropped,' the Dallas Cowboys quarterback said Monday night after the team arrived in Atlanta for the Super Bowl rematch with Buffalo.Aikman, the MVP of last year's Super Bowl, suffered a mild concussion when he was kneed in the helmet early in the third period of Sunday's 38-21 NFC title victory over San Francisco. He spent the night in a Dallas hospital.

``My mom called me while I was in there and said it was an Abbott and Costello routine,' Aikman said. ``But I started regaining my senses about 4 a.m. I'm fine now. I don't look fine because I haven't slept in 20 hours.'

Aikman said he will take his regular snaps when the team resumes practice Wednesday.

``My neck is still a little sore, but I'll be OK by Sunday,' said Aikman, who against San Francisco completed 14 of 18 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns.

Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson will be glad to have Aikman back.

``We need him,' Johnson said. ``We started putting this team together in 1989 and anytime you have a piece of the puzzle missing it's not the same team.'

If Aikman isn't healthy, Bernie Kosar will replace him.

Kosar, Dallas' $1 million midseason insurance policy, was 5 of 9 for 83 yards and a touchdown against San Francisco.

Neither Kosar nor Smith was with the Cowboys when Buffalo beat them 13-10 in the second game of the season. Smith was waiting to sign a contract and Kosar was still with Cleveland.

They'll both be there Sunday for the first back-to-back rematch in Super Bowl history. The Cowboys beat Buffalo 52-17 in last year's game. Dallas will be making its record seventh appearance. The Cowboys are 3-3.

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