If the U.S. Football League announces on Wednesday a delay of its fall season, USFL rushing champion Herschel Walker could join the Dallas Cowboys this season, his agent said.
"Herschel will be playing this fall, either for the (New Jersey) Generals or the Cowboys . . . He is not going to wait for the USFL if they don't play this year," agent Peter Johnson told the Dallas Morning News.
USFL owners meet Wednesday in New York, and one, Baltimore's Myles Tanenbaum, has suggested the league suspend play until resolution of its $1.32 billion lawsuit against the National Football League.
The trial has been set back to late spring and could last at least two months and not leave time for the USFL to make plans for 1986.
Walker has a four-year personal services contract with Generals owner Donald Trump, but Johnson said the ex-Georgia running back will declare himself free of his obligation if the USFL won't play until spring or fall of 1987.
Walker, chosen by the Cowboys last year when he became eligible for NFL draft, has remained loyal to the USFL, but said recently: "If they try to skip the season, it's up to me what I want to do."