Monday, September 26, 2011
Romo, Bryant, Landry all active Monday
By Dan Graziano
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tony Romo will be active and start at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys in their "Monday Night Football" matchup against the Washington Redskins. Also active for the Cowboys are wide receiver Dez Bryant and running back Felix Jones, who spent last week battling injuries that might have kept them out of the game. Receiver Miles Austin remains out with a hamstring injury, and Kevin Ogletree will start in his place.
For the Redskins, safety LaRon Landry is active for the first time this season, as he's finally recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered during training camp. Landry's return is a big boost to a Washington secondary that was conceived in the offseason with the idea Landry and O.J. Atogwe as its starting safeties.
Romo fractured a rib and punctured a lung in last Sunday's victory over the 49ers in San Francisco, but the lung has healed, and Ed Werder reports that Romo plans to take a painkilling injection to help him deal with the pain from the rib fracture Monday night. Bryant injured his thigh in the season opener two weeks ago and missed the Week 2 game, but with Austin out his return for this game was critical. He looked good running on the field a few hours before game time, and it'll be worth watching how explosive he's able to be.
Kickoff specialist David Buehler, out with a groin injury, is inactive, which means rookie Dan Bailey will handle kickoffs as well as field goals. And cornerback Orlando Scandrick is out with an ankle injury, a loss that's offset by the fact that starting corner Terence Newman is active for the first time this season.
Redskins fullback Darrel Young is out with a hamstring injury, so veteran Mike Sellers starts in his place.
I will be here at the game, writing about it throughout and late into the night. We'll also be having our Monday Night Live chat, which you can join in if you'd like to pester me and our other fine ESPN.com writers and analysts with questions about the game.
The complete list of inactives:
WR Donte' Stallworth
S DeJon Gomes
FB Darrel Young
LB Markus White
OL Willie Smith
WR Leonard Hankerson
DL Darrion Scott
K David Buehler
WR Miles Austin
CB Orlando Scandrick
RB Phillip Tanner
G David Arkin
G Derrick Dockery
DE Clifton Geathers