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IRVING, Texas ó Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hasn’t shed the splint yet.
Romo hopes to soon play without a splint on his throwing hand, but the protective device was still covering his injured right pinkie Tuesday during the portion of practice open tod, d the media.
“It’s getting a lot better. … I feel like I could probably get to a point where (I could be) playing without the splint this week,” Romo said during a conference call with Seattle media. “I don’t know if the trainers and doctors are going to let me, but I’m getting pretty close.”
Romo, who didn’t appear in the locker room when it was open to the media, said on the call that he expects the pinkie he broke Oct. 12 to be “almost all the way healed this weekend, if not by Thursday,” when the Cowboys (7-4) play Seattle (2-9). It will be his third game since missing three games because of the injury.
Romo is 42-of-66 passing (63.6 completion percentage) for 539 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions since returning.
“I can definitely put (the ball) where I want to on the field,” Romo said. “It’s just a matter of, with the splint on, every once in a blue moon, it’ll pop up and affect the throw a little bit. But other than that, it’s been good.”
BEREA, Ohio ó Browns quarterback Brady Quinn doesn’t regret playing with a broken right finger that will sideline him for the rest of this season and may require surgery.
Quinn did more damage to his finger when he started Sunday against the Houston Texans.
“I knew that was a consequence if I went in and played,” Quinn said Wednesday. “That was something that I was willing to risk. If I had a chance to do it over, I would do it again.”
REDSKINSASHBURN, Va. ó See Jason run. See Jason take on a defender. See Jason carry a would-be tackler on his back.See Jason slide? Please, no!
With Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell calling his own number more often in recent games, one thing is becoming painfully evident: The dude can’t get down.
“I just don’t know how to slide. Too tall,” said Campbell, who is 6-foot-5.
Opponents and teammates alike are getting a good laugh at Campbell’s awkward attempts to end his own runs. The word “elegant” did not spring to mind during his clock-killing, fourth-quarter meander in Sunday’s 20-17 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
“It was ugly,” Campbell said. “I didn’t know if wanted to slide or if I just wanted to lower my shoulder and get what I could. I didn’t want to get out of bounds because the clock would have stopped. My options were either to try to run through three defenders just about to blow me up or just fall back on my back ugly.
“The Seattle Seahawks players were laughing at me. ‘That was the worst slide. What are you doing?’ ”
BRADY DOING WELL
BOSTON ó Tom Brady says he’s doing well in his recovery from knee surgery.
The New England Patriots quarterback made an unpublicized appearance Wednesday with his girlfriend, model Gisele Bundchen, at the annual Goodwill Thanksgiving dinner in Boston where they served food.
He told Channel 5 that he’s “doing well” more than two months after a season-ending injury to his left knee in the opener. He also said Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday.
Brady appeared to be walking without a limp. He had an operation for torn ligaments on Oct. 6 and subsequent surgeries after a postoperative infection developed.