Tony Romo, Dez Bryant questionable

Updated: September 25, 2011, 1:28 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo went through a limited portion of Saturday's practice and is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Washington Redskins because of his rib injury.

Romo did more throwing in Saturday's workout than he had all week. He sat out of Thursday's and Friday's practices in order to rest and wait for the punctured lung to resolve itself. A CT scan Thursday showed the lung had healed, and the decision will come down to whether Romo can handle the pain of his fractured rib.

He was fitted for a protective vest Wednesday and probably will need a painkilling injection before kickoff.

"He looked good," tight end Jason Witten said of Romo's work in Saturday's practice. "Threw the ball well, took command. You could tell he was excited. That was good to get some practice work with him."

Said right guard Kyle Kosier: "It looked like he felt comfortable and hopefully he'll be ready to go for the game."

There was even a question as to whether Romo took a hit from linebacker Victor Butler in practice. Quarterbacks are forbidden from being hit, and ones playing with an injury are protected even more.

"I think that was a mistake," defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "I hope that was a mistake. I was like, 'Oh my God. Probably not what we were looking for.' Great effort, though."

Meanwhile, wide receiver Dez Bryant and running back Felix Jones are also listed as questionable on the official injury report.

Bryant said he was feeling fine after Saturday's practice, but he was not ready to pronounce himself fit to play Monday.

"It's not a sure thing," Bryant said.

Saturday marked Bryant's first practice since Sept. 9, two days before the season opener at the New York Jets. He suffered a bruised quadriceps in the game and did not play last week at San Francisco.

With Miles Austin not playing against the Redskins because of a hamstring injury, the Cowboys would start Kevin Ogletree and Jesse Holley at wide receiver if Bryant does not play.

Bryant was in uniform for Friday's practice and went through pat-and-go but did not participate. Coach Jason Garrett said Friday's plan was for Bryant to "do a little more ... and keep taking positive steps forward."

Austin did not practice at all during the week and is not sure he will be able to play Oct. 2 versus the Detroit Lions. He said the leg is improving, but he's abiding by the wishes of the medical staff.

"I'm just going in doing everything I need to do, doing extra in fact when I leave here," Austin said. "They'll make the decision and I'll go with that."

As for Jones, he was limited in practice Saturday for the second straight day after suffering a dislocated right shoulder last week at San Francisco. He will wear a protective harness if he does play. He suffered the injury on the first series of the game and was limited in his return. If he cannot play, then the Cowboys will use Tashard Choice and rookie DeMarco Murray at tailback.

Kicker David Buehler is listed as questionable with a groin injury, but he said, "I'm going Monday, for sure. Without a doubt."

He had only a few kicks during the week and was limited on Friday and Saturday. He said he will kick early at Cowboys Stadium.

"It's feeling good and we've still got a couple of days to heal," Buehler said. "I'm looking forward to this game. They've got a great returner (in Brandon Banks)."

If Buehler cannot kick, then rookie Dan Bailey would take over all of the duties.

As expected, guard Derrick Dockery (knee) will not play, and cornerback Orlando Scandrick will miss his second straight game with an ankle injury.

Center Phil Costa (knee), cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder), guard Bill Nagy (neck), cornerback Terence Newman (groin) and linebacker Anthony Spencer (shoulder) are probable.

Newman will make his season debut after missing six-plus weeks with a groin injury suffered in training camp.

Todd Archer covers the Dallas Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com contributed to this report.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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