The Cowboys are starting to get a sense of humor about all the injuries they’ve had.
“We were joking earlier this week,” quarterback Tony Romo said Thursday. “We needed nametags out at practice, just because new guys keep coming in.”
The injuries were a topic of conversation at Romo’s weekly meeting with reporters at Valley Ranch.
“I’ve never been a part of a season or a team that’s had so many guys lost for extended periods of time,” Romo said. That’s part of what happens in the National Football League sometimes. This is definitely the most our team has been exposed to that since I’ve been here.”
The Cowboys have lost nine starters to injury. A tenth, running back DeMarco Murray, has been back for two games. Another, linebacker DeMarcus Ware, missed practice Thursday because of a dislocated elbow.
Two other starters, cornerback Morris Claiborne and guard Nate Livings, returned to practice Thursday after passing concussion tests. And receiver Dez Bryant also practiced after missing Wednesday because of a broken finger.
“We continue to have some injury issues that have not been, obviously, beneficial to us,” Romo said. “But guys have stepped up, and we’re having to find different ways to win football games. I told some of the guys, if we can just keep these games close, we can win it in the fourth quarter and we can do some things. And we’ve been able to do that, I don’t know, four or five times this year, and that’s sometimes the way you have to play games.”
-- Carlos Mendez