Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo told the New York media on a conference call that his injured right hand is improving, and he expects to play Sunday. Romo bruised his throwing hand on the fourth play of last week's loss to the Eagles when he hit it on Jason Babin's helmet. Here is the transcript from his intreview with the Giants' media:
Q: How is your hand feeling?
A: It continues to improve day-by-day. Today was good. I was able to do some things with the ball that we weren’t sure about so it was a good start to the week. We are going to keep working on it and get all the treatment and stuff. We should be good to go for this weekend.
Q: Do you have to continue to get it checked out throughout the week?
A: I think we are going to evaluate it all the time. I think before practice, after and in the morning and at night. We are going to work on it and the trainers have done a great job of being on top of it. The swelling continues to subside a little bit each day and that is a good sign.
Q: Do you expect to play?
A: Yes, I expect to play.
Q: How much has this season answered questions about your toughness?
A: I think when you play quarterback in the National Football League, you have to understand that you are going to have bumps and bruises throughout the way. Every week is important and you just have to go out and play. That is the way you have to approach it. I love competing and playing and that is why you get out there and play every week.
Q: What is harder playing with, a broken rib or bruised hand?
A: I don’t know, I haven’t played with a bruised hand yet but I will assume the rib was a pretty painful thing so that would be tougher.
Q: Do you plan on wearing a glove on Sunday?
A: I don’t know what we are going to do. We are experimenting with a couple things and we will see as the week progresses what we are going to do.
Q: What does the glove help you do?
A: We are working on the compression of the hand and trying to get the swelling to go down. That is the big part of it right now, keeping it compressed. Hopefully it will continue to get better and better.
Q: Have you ever played with a glove on your throwing hand?
A: Yes, I have played with it before but as of now, I am not anticipating playing with the glove this weekend.
Q: Do you have to change how you accept the snap from center because of your hand?
A: I don’t know, we are doing some different things during the week. The game is not until Sunday so we have a lot of time to get it right so you feel better. I expect that we will do all the things like we normally have done by the end of the week.
Q: What do you expect from the Giants secondary this time around?
A: I think when you watch the tape, they are playing really good football. We caught a break one time when they had a miscommunication and sometimes you have to make some of those plays so that could be part of it because they are relying on their instincts a little bit. They are a good group so you have to be ready for them to come out and play their best game. I expect for them to come out and play tight man coverage and come after us. That is what our game plan is, to be ready for that. I think that is what we are trying to do.
Q: They haven’t played man that much the last few weeks so what makes you say that?
A: They do it early in the game to see if they can get away with it and things of that nature. I just think that the fact that we are going to be on the road and they are going to be at home, they are going to want to set a certain type of tempo. I think they are going to bring a little bit extra pressure and play some man coverages. In a game like this, that’s what they want to do.
Q: If Osi plays, what does that do for their defense?
A: I think that Osi is a good player so anytime they get another pass rusher it presents more of a challenge. We have to prepare for that. I think that group upfront is an outstanding group and they have three or four guys that you really have to account for. It is going to be a great challenge for our guys up front and for me to see different things and you just have to know that going into the week. We will be prepared for it.
Q: Do you expect to see the same kind of game as the first one?
A: You never know. You just have to do whatever you can so your team finds a win. You never know what the conditions are going to be. This time in New York, it could be anything. For us it is just a matter of going up there and executing each play and getting into the end zone as many times as you can. It is a big game and it is important. This is why you play the game, these are fun. This is why you get better every year so that you can perform at the highest level when these games come.
Q: What team do you think is going to show up for both teams?
A: I just think you go out and play and each game is different each week. I think these two teams are very comparable team-wise, not only in record but the types of seasons we have had. I suspect that talent wise, we are pretty close so there will be a few plays here or there that will decide this game. We have to be ready to make those plays.
Q: Did you think it was going to come down to this game when you saw the schedule?
A: It seems to have a way of doing that in the NFC East. Each year is different and I always think that it is hard for a team in the NFC East to get the number one seed and go on because in this division we beat each other up a lot of the time. You have four teams that have the ability and when it is all said and done, the records don’t indicate top notch teams but I think a lot of the losses come within the division if you look at these teams. If Washington can beat the Giants twice and we lost to the Eagles, it just shows you the ability each team has each week to go out and win football games. There is a lot of talent, you just have to keep grinding away in order to win the division.