Romo practices, Nicks does not

December, 28, 2011
12/28/11
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Let's take a look at the Wednesday injury news that pertains to Sunday night's NFC East title game, shall we?

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who left Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter with a bruised hand, practiced without a wrap or anything on the hand, according to ESPNDallas.com. Only portions of practices are open to the media, so there's no way to know how much work he did or how effectively he was able to throw the ball with his banged-up hand. But the fact that he was at practice and doing any throwing at all can fairly be taken, at least, as a good sign that Romo will play Sunday against the New York Giants.

Speaking of the Giants, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks showed up on the Wednesday morning injury report with a hamstring problem that Giants coach Tom Coughlin said cropped up during Saturday's victory over the New York Jets. Coughlin said in his morning briefing that Nicks would not practice, and it didn't look as though fellow wide receiver Mario Manningham or tight end Jake Ballard would either. Coughlin did say he was "optimistic" about having Nicks and Manningham for the game, but that he'd like to see them both practice.

The good Giants injury news is that defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who's been out for weeks with an ankle injury, did practice and could be ready to go Sunday night. That would give the Giants their full complement of edge pass rushers -- something they've only had for five of their first 15 games this year due to injuries to Umenyiora and Justin Tuck.

The Cowboys were without defensive stars DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff and Sean Lee for Wednesday's practice. Ware and Ratliff were limited in practice last week but played in the game. Lee's injury, suffered in the loss to the Eagles, is the one on which to keep an eye.

Plenty more on all of these situations, I promise, as the week rolls along.

Dan Graziano

ESPN New York Giants reporter

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