RG Leonard Davis ready to play Dallas

Updated: October 2, 2003, 8:46 PM ET

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Emmitt Smith's plans to have a good game in his return to Dallas just got a big boost.

As in "Big," the nickname for 6-foot-6, 384-pound Leonard Davis, who will line up at right guard for the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday after sitting out 2{ games with an ankle injury.

"He practiced today," coach Dave McGinnis said Thursday. "He took everything the whole way both days, so he's full-bore, ready to go."

Davis' left Arizona's season opener against Seattle in the first half after rolling his right ankle, following quarterback Jeff Blake to the sideline. Blake has continued to play with the help of painkilling shots in his bruised heel, but Davis' ankle wouldn't bear his weight until it healed.

He said the injury is fine now.

"I've been looking forward to it," Davis said. "You know, I only played one game, and I've been waiting to get back out. I just want to go and have some fun and be a help to the team."

Davis, a native of Wortham, Texas, was "on the bandwagon a little bit" as a youngster, but never became a hardcore Cowboys fan. But he's aware of the importance of the game to Smith, who became the NFL's leading rusher last season in his 13th year with the Cowboys.

"That's where he made his legend," Davis said. "That's something that would add incentive for him."

Smith, who picked Arizona because he like the looks of the offensive line, had 76 regular-season 100-yard games wearing Silver and Blue. The Cardinals haven't had one yet.

"Obviously, with our success goes Emmitt's success, so I know personally I'm a little more motivated," left tackle L.J. Shelton said. "That's definitely in the back of my mind. We want to have success down there, and in order to do that we've got to do our job."

Shelton wasn't aware Davis would take over for backup guard Chris Dishman until he was told. He said Davis' return bodes well for the offense.

"You know, apart from his size, his athleticism," Shelton said. "This is an athletic defense we're going against, too, so I think it affords us a chance to keep up with those guys. They're not going to just stand still and let us come off the ball on 'em. Recognition and being able to move is going to be a big part this week in running the ball."

Blake, who has been sacked five times, welcomed the return of an oversized blocker.

"One guy can't do it for us," Blake said. "We've got to play together, but it's great to have Leonard back, have some more beef on the line and hopefully get a better push up front. I'm not saying Dishman didn't do a great job; Dishman did a great job. He had some big guys he had to play against, too."

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