Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said on Wednesday that expects to play in Sunday's battle against the Giants for the NFC East title. He was a limited participant in practice on Wednesday and Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he thinks that Romo is making progress.
"Continuing to improving a little day-by-day," Romo said about his right hand on a conference call. "Today I was able to do some things with the ball that we weren't sure about. It was a good start to the week and keep working on it and doing a lot of treatment stuff and should be good to go this weekend."
Romo injured his hand in Saturday's 20-7 loss to the Eagles, banging his throwing hand off the helmet of Philadelphia's Jason Babin. He left the game after the pass as his right hand had swollen up. He threw just two passes in the game before his exit.
Heading into Sunday's winner-takes-all battle, Romo said he and the training staff continues to evaluate his hand all the time and he said that the swelling has subsided a little bit each day. He tried wearing a glove during practice on Wednesday to help with the compression of his hand but does not anticipate having to wear one on Sunday night.
"I think when you play quarterback you just understand you're going to have bumps and bruises along the way," Romo said about toughness. "Every week is important and you just have to go out and play and that's the way you approach it. I just love competing and playing and that's why you go out there and play each week."
In the first meeting between the two teams, Romo had perhaps his best games of the season, completing 21-of-31 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns, as well as a 141.3 passer rating. It marked the highest passer rating he ever had in a loss.
In that game, Romo took advantage of some breakdowns in the Giants secondary for some big plays, including a 74-yard pass to Laurent Robinson and a 50-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Dez Bryant that gave the Cowboys the 12-point lead they eventually squandered.
While the Giants have often played more zone coverage than man-to-man defense during games, the quarterback said he expects that the Giants are going to come out and play tight man coverage early in the game and try to get after the Cowboys.
"They do it early in the game sometimes and I think they see if they can get away with it, things of that nature," Romo said. "I just think the fact that we're going on the road, they're going to be at home, I think they're going to want to set a certain type of tempo and I think they are going to bring a little bit extra pressure and bring some man coverages. I think that's something in a game like this they will want to do."