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Shallow WR pool almost sinks Cowboys

Miles Austin's absence more painful for Tony Romo than fractured rib vs. Redskins

Updated: September 27, 2011, 3:02 AM ET
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The fractured rib hurt so much that Tony Romo needed a pair of pain-killing injections to play Monday night.

Yet Miles Austin's strained hamstring was much more painful for the Dallas Cowboys' franchise quarterback.

Thanks to a ferocious defense, Dan Bailey's foot and some grit and good fortune, the Cowboys managed to pull even at the top of the NFC East standings with an 18-16 win over the Washington Redskins. But, man, did Romo miss his favorite wide receiver.

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