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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Tony Romo Says He's "Good To Go" For Sunday

Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Tony Romo says his ribs should be fine for Sunday, Andy Reid says the Cowboys "have a great owner", and Dwayne Harris was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week.

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Romo says ribs should be fine for Sunday - Keith Whitmire, FSSouthwest
Tony Romo practiced in pads yesterday and said his ribs will be good to go for Sunday.

"I felt fine, just normal soreness and stuff going through," Romo said. "I assume by the weekend they'll be fine, good to go."

Dan Graziano's MVP Watch - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
Dan Graziano unveils the second edition of what will be a weekly MVP Watch, and he has Tony Romo ranked tenth on his list.

"Yeah, the Watch is going to keep the Watch's shocking, highly controversial MVP pick on this list as long as the Watch can, and Romo did beat the Giants on Sunday. You can assume he'll eventually throw downfield. But against the Giants, the smart play is to pick 'em apart over the middle. And remember, Tony helps make the game plan now! Valuable!!!"

Dallas Cowboys' renewed emphasis on takeaways paying off - Gil Brandt,
After a season of takeaway futility, Brandon Carr and the Dallas Cowboys got back to forcing turnovers in a big way on Sunday. Gil Brandt explores what's different in the Big D.

'Smallest and ugliest trophy in sports' up for grabs when Cowboys visit Chiefs on Sunday -
Late Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt dreamed up the "Preston Road Trophy," which is named after a street on which Hunt and Jerry Jones once lived just 300 yards apart, and which has been presented to the winner of the rare Cowboys vs. Chiefs matchups since the late 90s.

Clark Hunt, Lamar Hunt's son, calls it "the smallest and ugliest trophy in sports," but badly wants to bring it back to Kansas City anyway, as it's been sitting in Jerry Jones' home since 2005.

Andy Reid: Dallas Cowboys ‘have a great owner’ and ‘they do it the right way’ - Jon Machota, DMN
In a conference call yesterday, Andy Reid was very polite about the Cowboys. Here are some of the highlights:

On the organization: "They got a great owner in Jerry Jones," Reid said. "Jason [Garrett], I have a ton of respect for and not just because he’s a red head. I’ve got a ton of respect for him as a football coach and as a person. They do it the right way."

On the Cowboys coaching staff: "Before Monte got into the college game, there weren’t a lot of people in this league that were better than Monte Kiffin. I think the players down there probably feel that. They know that. And Rod Marinelli, I would tell you the same thing. You’re talking about a defensive coordinator that’s phenomenal. That coaching staff, Billy Callahan, too. I’m very familiar with him. He’s a tremendous coach. Listen, they’ve got good people right there, and Monte Kiffin is top notch."

On Tony Romo: "People in the profession have a ton of respect for him and how he plays the game. He’s playing good football. He was playing good football in the preseason. He’s playing good football now."

Cowboys' Harris named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week - Keith Whitmire, FSSouthwest
Dwayne Harris was honored for his special teams performance in Sunday night's win over the Giants that included three special teams tackles (tied for the most in the NFL), two punt returns (Harris ranks fourth in the NFC with a 9.5 yard punt return average), and playing a role in a muffed punt by the Giants that was recovered by the Cowboys and set up a touchdown.

Jason Witten (eight catches for 70 yards and two touchdowns) and Barry Church (27-yard fumble return touchdown and eight tackles) were on the list of nominees for the offensive and defensive awards but didn't win.

Is Terrance Williams' status secure? - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Williams had a mixed performance in his first NFL game, which leads Watkins to wonder whether Williams is in danger of losing his spot as the third wide receiver, only to conclude that ... well ... not really.

Jones: Brian Waters and Anthony Spencer could play Sunday against the Chiefs - Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram
There's a good chance Spencer and Waters could play against the Chiefs on Sunday, at least according to Jerry Jones.

"We don't want to bring Spencer along any faster than we have to," Jones said, "but he sure had a good last two or three days before we stopped Sunday."

"Waters was actually amazing that he was able to move," Jones said. "He had a lot of the football things that you have to do, apart from just his endurance. So I think there's a chance he could play some too."

Dallas Cowboys DE Anthony Spencer back at practice along with RB Lance Dunbar - Rainer Sabin, DMN
Almost all Cowboys players were on the field and practicing on Wednesday, including Anthony Spencer, Lance Dunbar and Danny McCray. Brian Waters continued to practice with the second team, while the starting five offensive linemen from Sunday's game made up the first team.

Cowboys' Ernie Sims reinjures his groin - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Sims sat out practice with a groin injury, which he apparently re-aggravated after having just recovered from the initial injury he suffered at the end of camp.

Scandrick concerned about explosive plays Cowboys allowed - Dwain Price, Star-Telegram
The Giants had six plays of 20 yards or more, with which they accumulated 218 yards, almost half of their 478-yard total. The Cowboys can ill afford a repeat.

"Explosive plays are a blueprint of being a bad and losing team. Especially defensively,’’ Orlando Scandrick said. "If you can’t be able to stop a team from getting explosive plays it doesn’t matter who you’re playing or who your opponent is. It starts with us."

Bruce Carter on his first career sack - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Hard to believe that Carter's sack of Elol Manning was the first of his NFL career, but that's what it was, and Carter was a little surprised by how hard it was to get Manning down:

"He was a lot stronger than I thought," said the 246-pound Carter of the 218-pound Manning. "I actually couldn’t almost get him down, but it’s a great feeling."

Jerry Jones would like Dwayne Harris to get more time as the No. 3 wide receiver - Tom Orsborn, MySA
Jones was impressed with Harris' special teams performance and would like to see more of him on offense.

"He can help us all over the entire football team," Jones told KRLD-FM. "As you know he’s our returner and he also, though, can be a top third receiver. He will get more play time there. That should really make him a complete player with a lot of plays in the game. I am really pleased to see him step up."

Garrett on same page with Jones when it comes to increasing Harris’ snaps - Tom Orsborn, MySA
Garrett indicated he agreed with Jones' assessment:

"Dwayne will play more and more," Garrett said at his media briefing in Irving. "We like what Dwayne does both on offense and in the kicking game. He responded well to the opportunities he got in the game the other night and we’ll continue to look for chances to get him more."

Cowboys move indoors to beat the heat, pump up the volume - Keith Whitmire, FSSouthwest
The Cowboys moved their Wednesday practice to AT&T Stadium, and will probably also move their Thursday practice to AT&T Stadium to take advantage of the lower temperatures and prepare for the Kansas City crowd noise.

Lions, Cowboys top list of NFL teams with most expensive beer -
The Cowboys, sure. But the Lions? SMH.


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