Sunday, September 25, 2011
Updated: September 26, 10:03 AM ET
Tony Romo: 'Good to go' for Monday
By Tim MacMahon
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo declared himself ready to play in Monday night's game against the Washington Redskins despite a fractured rib.
"I'm getting better as the week goes on," Romo said on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown. "I'll deal with it over the course of the next month, but I'll be good to go this week."
Romo also suffered a punctured lung in last week's comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers, but a CT scan Thursday indicated that injury had healed. Romo, who keyed last week's rally by completing 12 of 15 passes for 201 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter and overtime after missing almost the entire third quarter, has said all along that pain would not prevent him from playing.
Romo, who is officially listed as questionable, did not practice until Saturday this week. He had done some light throwing earlier in the week, including Wednesday, when he was fitted for a Kevlar vest to protect his ribs.
Romo also had a message for the Redskins' DeAngelo Hall: He'll be coming after him, too.
Romo's injury is no secret, nor is the notion a foe will try hitting him where it hurts to see just how well his protective vest and painkilling medication really work. Usually, though, that goes without saying. Hall went ahead and said it, declaring, "I want to get a chance to put my helmet on whatever's hurt."
He added: "I'm going to be asking for some corner blitzes."
Tough talk from a guy who has a total of one sack in 103 games, and it wasn't even his own doing. He got a half-sack as a rookie in 2004, and another half in 2008.
Romo actually wouldn't mind seeing No. 23 coming his way.
"If he's blitzing, that means he's not covering," Romo said. "So we'll attack his guy he's covering."
Receiver Dez Bryant (bruised quadriceps) and running back Felix Jones (dislocated shoulder) are also listed as questionable but expected to play against the Redskins. Receiver Miles Austin is out with a strained hamstring.
Multiple sources said Romo, Bryant and Jones all participated in Sunday's walkthrough.
Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.