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After being examined by the Houston Oilers...

After being examined by the Houston Oilers and Dallas Cowboys, running back Keith Byars’ stock continued to fall as a candidate for the April 29 NFL draft.

Cowboy team physician Dr. Marvin Knight said Byars’ broken right foot is less than 50% healed and that he should consider sitting out the 1986 season.

The Oilers released a statement that casts doubts about Byars’ physical condition. The statement practically precluded Houston from selecting Byars in the third position of the first round.

Byars, who missed most of his senior season at Ohio State, visited both cities Monday in an effort to boost his stock. Knight didn’t rule out a complete recovery, saying Byars might be able to play by the 1987 season.

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