IRVING -- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo wants to play the entire game Sunday at Washington.
That’s not likely, but it remains unclear how much Wade Phillips is willing to risk putting his franchise quarterback on the field with nothing riding on the outcome. Romo is still nursing a bruised right thumb, which didn’t seem to bother him against Carolina. Phillips has not yet indicated his plan of how much other key personnel will play against the Redskins.
"I definitely anticipate playing some," Romo said. "To what extent, it’s up to the coaches, but I definitely want this team to get better and the only way we know how to get better is to compete throughout the week and to compete when the game starts."
Phillips said basically the only reason for Romo playing would be to reach individual goals, ones which don’t seem too important to the quarterback. Romo needs six completions to tie Danny White’s franchise record of 334.
"Besides individual goals, not a whole lot," said Phillips of Romo. "But some of those things are important -- and just to finish off the season and being ready for playoffs."
As far as the thumb, "it’s getting better," Romo said. "It will take time for it to get back all the way. I played with it last week, so it’s fine."
-- Rick Herrin