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September 29, 2011

Romo still will wear jacket and take painkilling injection but says he's better

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was limited in practice Thursday, but his fractured rib is limiting him less than it was last week.

"I'm not back to where everything is back to normal yet, but it's definitely on its way," Romo said Thursday. "It feels good to keep the improvement side of it continuing to go."

Romo will take another painkilling injection before Sunday's game against Detroit, and he will continue to wear the Kevlar jacket to protect his rib. But Romo should be less limited than he was in Monday night's game, eight days after the rib was fractured against hte 49ers.

The Cowboys' game plan against the Redskins was to limit the number of hits Romo took.

Romo was hit six time against the Redskins, including a sack, with a biggest hit coming on a play that didn’t count. Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson blindsided Romo before the play was negated by a defensive holding penalty on Oshiomogho Atogwe in the end zone.

"He took the shot [painkilling injection] and after pregame it started to take hold," Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said. "He was able to make the throws. We tried to limit some of his movements, try to limit him getting hit and making it worse is the main thing. But he could make all the throws."

The Cowboys expect Romo to be closer to playing like Romo on Sunday.

"He’s still having a little bit of pain on some throws, some movement throws, but he is moving, and I think by Sunday he’ll be pretty close to normal," Wilson said.

-- Charean Williams

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