Smith won't start, but he'll play

Updated: November 25, 2003, 10:48 PM ET
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Running back Emmitt Smith, sidelined since breaking his left shoulder blade against the Cowboys on Oct. 5, won't start but will play Sunday against the Bears, Cardinals coach Dave McGinnis said Monday.

"Emmitt will be up and active and carrying the ball this weekend," McGinnis told reporters.

Smith practiced last week and was upgraded to questionable before being listed as inactive against St. Louis.

The timing of Smith's availibility is good for the Cardinals because Marcel Shipp has been banged up by a heavy workload. Shipp, who did not practice all of last week leading into Arizona's game against the Rams, has averaged 24 carries the past five games.

"It takes its toll," Smith said last week. "Nobody understands that better than me. When you've got 4,000 carries you know what it's like, so I empathize with him big-time."