Garrett on Romo: "I think he's doing fine"

IRVING -- On a conference call with the Washington media Wednesday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he's hopeful quarterback Tony Romo can play Monday night.

Romo suffered a fractured rib and a small puncture of his lung in the Week 2 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Romo's status is uncertain for the game, but he wants to play.

"I think he's doing fine," Garrett said. "He got knocked around a little bit on Sunday but he's getting his rehab and hopefully he'll be ready to play for this ballgame. We'll take it day-to-day for the next few days."

That is consistent in what Garrett has said about any injured player.

However, the Romo injury is the most serious Garrett has dealt with as coach. Romo left the game in severe pain and then tried to re-enter at the start of the second half, only to be pulled back by a team doctor after walking onto the field. Once pain medication kicked in, he was then allowed to play.

"It was certainly a very gutty effort by him," Garrett said. "Any time you fracture a rib and you puncture a lung, to come back and play in the football game is certainly very impressive. He's a very impessive guy."

In terms of the two starting wide receivers, Miles Austin (hamstring) and Dez Bryant (quad), Garrett is uncertain about their status as well, though it appears Austin might not play.

"He's a day-to-day guy," Garrett said of Austin. "He played an awfully good game on Sunday against San Francisco, but he's been battling this hamstring injury for three or four weeks. We'll see how he responds again [Thursday]."

Bryant tried to play last Sunday but couldn't get his leg loose enough to participate. How he does during rehab and treatment sessions this week will determine if he can play vs. the Redskins.

"We'll see," Garrett said. "He missed last week's game and didn't practice at all last week. We were hoping he might be able to warm up by the end of the week and be ready to go, and he wasn't able to do that."