Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Romo Defiant, Lee Prepared, Scandrick Confident

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Romo Not Worried About Appeasing With Balance - Rowan Kavner, DallasCowboys.com
The Cowboys have drawn some flak for only running the ball nine times against the Vikings. Tony Romo is not overly concerned:

"I think what you find is in Detroit, we tried running it a lot on second down," Romo said. "We were losing yards. Well, if you’re in second-and-4 and then you’re in third-and-8, I don’t know that that’s winning football, no matter how you slice it."

"If you’re just thinking, ‘Boy, we better get to 15 runs, 20 runs, just to make sure that we appease everybody, that’s just silly," Romo said. "I think what you find is we won that football game last week. We’re moving on to the next one. Maybe you only throw it 17 times the next week, maybe you only throw it 25 times, or whatever, so it varies."

Sean Lee: "Whether it’s two hours or 100 hours, I watch film until I feel comfortable and prepared." - Jon Machota, DMN
There's a reason Lee is tied for the league lead with 90 tackles and four interceptions.

"There’s no better feeling than when you’re out there and you have a feeling for what they’re doing and you feel really comfortable and can play fast. For me, though, however long it takes for me to feel comfortable and prepared that’s how long I’m going to take, whether that’s two hours or whether that’s a hundred hours. Usually it takes me a lot of hours to prepare and feel comfortable."

Cowboys Injury Report: Dez Bryant Returns To Practice, Jason Hatcher Still Out - Blogging The Boys
Thursday's practice for the Dallas Cowboys saw the return of Dez Bryant in a limited role. The news wasn't as good for defensive tackle Jason Hatcher who sat out a second practice this week.

Sources: Cowboys WR Bryant may have disc problem in back - Mike Fisher, FSSouthwest
Fisher quotes sources saying that there are concerns Dez Bryant is suffering from a bulging or herniated disc in his back.

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware ready to hop on saddle again - ESPN
Ware only has four sacks for the season, and will have to pick up the pace if he wants to end up in the top ten in sacks at the end of the season - as he's done every season since 2006.

"I’m behind so I guess I’ve got to hop on the saddle and start riding a little bit," Ware said.

Jason Hatcher on injured left arm: 'If I feel this way, I won't play' - Barry Horn, DMN
Hatcher is facing increasingly long odds of playing against the Saints as he struuggles to regain feeling in his arm after suffering a stinger last week.

Cowboys' Orlando Scandrick has confidence in secondary - Calvin Watkins - ESPN Dallas
Scandrick may have taken a peak at KD Drummond's recent article on the Cowboys' 'historically bad' defense:

"I don't give a damn about yards, my confidence is high," Scandrick said. "I'm confident in my abilities and I know the rest of the guys are. Brandon Carr is a helluva corner and I don't think his confidence waivers at all."

Romo gets it done late more often than not - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN
Man, don't you hate it when facts get in the way of an established narrative? Turns out , Tony Romo has 10 game-winning drives in fourth quarter or overtime since the start of the 2011 season, tied for the most in the NFL over that span.

Of course, everybody knows that in reality, this is just more proof that Romo is a choker, because if you exclude Romo's game-winning drives, almost every other QB has more game-winning drives than Romo. See? Order is restored to the universe.

Garrett agrees Escobar hasn't made big impact, but promises to keep giving him chances - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Gavin Escobar only has four receptions so far this season, but Garrett is determined to keep giving him chances.

"When he’s gotten chances, if you remember the catches he’s made, they’ve been really impressive catches for a young guy," Garrett said. "Has he come in and made a huge impact on our football team to this point? No. But we feel really good about him, and hopefully he’ll continue to make progress and have an impact on our team."

Tony Romo: Rob Ryan did a ‘great job’ for the Dallas Cowboys - Jon Machota, DallasCowboys.com
On a conference call with New Orleans media members, Tony Romo was invariably asked about Rob Ryan.

"Rob did a great job for us," Romo said. "I enjoyed being around him. He’s got great energy and I think he has done a great job down there in New Orleans."

In 3 Days, New DE Flips Over From Losing Side To Winners - Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
Eatman profiles what could be the 17th defensive lineman to take a snap for the Cowboys this year. And for those who still would have liked the Cowboys to have picked Sharrif Floyd, the Cowboys now get the guy who backed up Floyd in Minnesota.

The Cowboys had a third-round grade on Dawkins, who doesn’t know why he dropped to the Vikings in the seventh round (229th overall).

"Honestly, I still don’t know to this day. That’s just the way it goes," said Dawkins, a four-year contributor at Florida State. "At the end of the day, I’ve always thought I could play on the 53-man roster, even when I was on the practice squad. I had a situation where I had some vets and Pro Bowlers and first-rounders ahead of me. I just had to wait for my chance and go from there."

Who is the new guy for the Cowboys? Meet Dallas’ new defensive lineman…of the week - David Moore, DMN
Monte Kiffin tells it like it is:

"We always say we have a new guy and another new guy and another new guy, you know,’’ defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said. "We call him 'new guy'."

"Who is the new guy this week?’’

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