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News and views from Wade Phillips

IRVING, Texas -- The biggest news from the Wade Phillips news conference was that quarterback Tony Romo is going back to being the holder.

Romo was the holder from 2004-07. Brad Johnson took over before the duties were handed to punter Mat McBriar at the start of this season.

McBriar didn't like being the holder, and it showed several times this season.

"It's not the kicker," Phillips said. "It's how you handle the ball, how you spin the ball, where you put the laces, whether he wants it up, leaning one way the other way, leaning forward those kinds of things. That's what a holder does. A guy who can do it well. [Romo] doesn't have a problem doing that."

As for the injuries, Phillips didn't think safety Ken Hamlin (ankle) would return for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Fullback Deon Anderson (knee) could practice tomorrow.

Things are uncertain regarding backup tight end Martellus Bennett (concussion), though Phillips was hopeful the second-year man from Texas A&M might practice.

But Bennett was having physical problems. He hurt a shin in the Giants game and then somehow suffered a concussion.

"He came in and said he was kinda foggy and his eyes hurting," Phillips said.

With Anderson and Bennett out, John Phillips played the tight end/fullback role in practice.

Cornerback Terence Newman has knee soreness but fully participated in practice Wednesday.

"He said he felt good after practice," Phillips said.

Left tackle Flozell Adams was fined $50,000 by the league for unnecessary roughness, and the next time something like this happens, he could get suspended. Phillips said he's not worried about Adams' aggressiveness getting hindered somewhat because of a concern over what the referees may call.

Phillips compared the Chargers' tall receivers to the Eagles speed receivers.