Tony Romo practices with wrap on hand

Updated: December 30, 2011, 11:21 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo was able to do a little more in Thursday's practice than he was the previous day, but the Cowboys quarterback has yet to take a snap from center since suffering a bruised hand in the first quarter of the 20-7 loss to Philadelphia.

"We're still in the process of doing some things like that," said Romo, who was listed as limited on the injury report, "and I think each day that stuff gets a little bit better."

Romo wore a wrap on his hand in Thursday's practice after not using one on Wednesday. Romo, however, reiterated that he would play Sunday against the New York Giants, with the winner claiming the NFC East title and a playoff spot.

"I think you have to go out there and practice all week and get yourself ready to go to the game on Sunday," Romo said. "I'm excited that we're in this position and we have an opportunity to go and play in a big game like this. This is when it gets fun. No matter what, you're not going to sit one of these out."

Romo admitted he wondered if his season was over after his hand collided with the helmet of Eagles defensive end Jason Babin, but those fears were calmed when the X-rays came back negative.

Romo said the swelling has gone down in his hand over the last few days. Coach Jason Garrett said Romo would make the final decision on whether he would wear the wrap or any kind of extra protection on his hand Sunday.

"Tony did a little bit more today than he did yesterday. I wouldn't constitute a full practice, but he's making some progress," Garrett said. "The swelling still is there. ... All the functional things that a quarterback has to do, he has to be able to do by game time, and he's making progress in all those areas."

Garrett said backup quarterback Stephen McGee, who finished Saturday's game after Romo got hurt, got some work with the first-team offense again Thursday.

Romo does not worry about the Giants pass rush targeting his hand.

"I mean every game the defensive line or whoever is going to try to hit the quarterback," Romo said.

Romo played through a fractured rib and punctured lung earlier this year and needed to wear a protective vest and take painkilling injections for several weeks. To him that injury was more troublesome than this one.

"I think a lot of quarterbacks throughout the league play through stuff every week," Romo said. "This is just obviously sometimes it can be magnified because you're playing in a game that's like this, where it's a win or go home type of game and so people are going to talk about certain things. Stuff just comes up throughout the season. It's just a normal part of playing football. No one cares and once you get out there, it's about winning and losing, so that's all it's going to be about."

In other injury news, linebacker Sean Lee missed his second straight practice with an illness, but DeMarcus Ware (stinger) and Jay Ratliff (rib muscle) were back at work.

Todd Archer covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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