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Romo listed as questionable

October 18, 2008|From the Associated Press

Tony Romo was basically a spectator in the middle of the field when the Dallas Cowboys started practice Friday. Nothing changed after that.

The Cowboys listed their two-time Pro Bowl quarterback as questionable for Sunday's game after he didn't participate in practice, the last one before playing at St. Louis. Romo has a broken pinkie on his throwing hand.

During the early portion of practice open to reporters, Romo mimicked throwing motions and lobbed only a couple of balls, but mostly stood and watched with his injured right hand hanging to his side or clasped behind his back.

Romo, who hasn't commented all week, didn't appear in the locker room when it was open to reporters. Neither did Brad Johnson, the 40-year-old backup who is in line to get his first start since 2006 for Minnesota.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a radio interview Friday that there was no chance that Romo could reinjure the pinkie because of the cast-like protection on his hand.

When Coach Wade Phillips was asked whether he had been told Romo couldn't do further damage to the finger, he responded, "Dr. Jerry. Whatever Jerry says, I'm going with."

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Mike Holmgren's hopes of avoiding the second 1-5 start of his 17-year coaching career rest upon a backup quarterback who has a sore leg and will make his first start in two years.

Seattle's coach confirmed that Seneca Wallace will start Sunday night at Tampa Bay (4-2). This week's practices proved Wallace's 5-week-old calf injury has healed enough for him to replace Charlie Frye, the third-stringer who was skittish and ineffective in last week's loss to Green Bay.

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Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter and Denver Broncos cornerback Dre' Bly were fined $20,000 by the NFL for comments critical of officials after games last week.

On the first play of the Houston Texans' drive for the winning touchdown against Miami, Porter stripped quarterback Matt Schaub. Referee Ed Hochuli ruled the play an incomplete pass rather than a fumble, saying Schaub's arm was moving forward when hit.

"I know for sure that I had both his arms when the ball came out," Porter said after the game. "I'm looking for an apology or something on Tuesday or Wednesday on NFL Network, but it will be too late by then. The game's over.

"I thought we won the game, actually, but they kept getting calls."

Hochuli has been at the center of several disputed decisions this season.

Bly was agitated over an illegal contact call he drew in the third quarter, plus a pass-interference call on Broncos safety Marlon McCree in the waning moments of the Broncos' loss to Jacksonville.

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Tom Brady has undergone a second procedure in 10 days on his injured left knee, according to a published report.

The Boston Globe reported Friday that the New England Patriots quarterback had the procedure Wednesday for an infection in his left knee that was operated on Oct. 6.

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Cleveland Browns tight end Kellen Winslow practiced for the first time since being hospitalized because of an undisclosed illness and could play Sunday against the Washington Redskins. . . . New York Jets linebacker Calvin Pace was listed as questionable Friday with a jammed toe but expects to play in the team's game at Oakland. "I don't even want to call it an injury," Pace said. "It's a boo-boo." . . . The Green Bay Packers will remain short-handed in the secondary with cornerback Al Harris declared out against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Harris is still recovering from a lacerated spleen suffered Sept. 21.

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