After a night in a Philadelphia hospital, WR Michael Irvin visited the Cowboys' locker room Monday evening and was as jolly as possible--considering he was wearing a neck brace and had a swollen spinal cord and herniated disk.

"We had a great visit," Coach Chan Gailey said. "He was in really good spirits. It really made me feel better."

Irvin was injured early in Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Eagles. A visit to a spine specialist today should determine how long he'll be out. The 12-year veteran is expected to return this season.

"He wants to play," Gailey said. "Anybody who knows Michael knows that's him."

YOUNG PONDERS FUTURE: Steve Young, still bothered by his latest concussion, is resisting pleas from relatives and friends to retire but would walk away from football if advised to do so by his doctors. The 38-year-old 49ers quarterback will sit out his third straight game Sunday and will meet with his neurologist, Gary Steinberg, and team physician James Klint today or Thursday.

"He's obviously had a couple of weeks to start thinking about the possibilities," said his agent, Leigh Steinberg. "And even if we do get a thumbs down from the doctors, we're not going to do anything precipitous."

EMANUEL SIDELINED: Buccaneers WR Bert Emanuel will miss three to four weeks after slightly tearing his right hamstring during Sunday's loss to the Packers. . . . The Colts terminated the contract of LB Andre Royal because he violated an unspecified team policy, the Colts said. The Colts also signed free agent DE Eric Smedley. . . . LB Jimmy Sprotte cleared waivers and rejoined the Bengals' practice squad. The Bengals released rookie NT Chad Pegues from the practice squad.