Tony Romo says rib healed

IRVING, Texas -- Nearly two months after suffering a fractured rib at San Francisco, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo believes he is fully healed.

"We haven't had an X-ray here in a while but it was healing properly," Romo said Thursday. "We basically came to the conclusion [that] it's good."

For the first time since suffering the injury, Romo did not take a painkilling injection last week against Seattle and is contemplating not wearing the same protective vest he has worn the last six games. He said he could go with a smaller, lighter protective jacket this week against Buffalo but has not made a decision.

Romo said he felt better last week than he had since the season opener and he had two touchdown passes to go with 279 yards. He was also not sacked in a game for the first time this year.

Romo suffered the injury in the first quarter on Sept. 18 at San Francisco and was also diagnosed with a punctured lung. He did not take part in a full practice leading up to the Washington game the next week but took every snap in the Cowboys' 18-16 come-from-behind win.

While Romo's ribs feel better, he remains on the injury report. He is, however, dealing with a cold.

Todd Archer covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.