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Romo limited but expects to play vs. Giants

IRVING, Texas — Tony Romo expects to go in Sunday night's showdown with the Giants for the NFC East title.

The Cowboys quarterback was limited in practice Wednesday because of his still-swollen bruised right hand, though he did throw several passes.

On a conference call with the New York media, Romo said the swelling was subsiding each day and he expects to face the Giants. He doesn't anticipate wearing a glove.

"(Wednesday) 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," Romo said. "We are going to keep working on it and get all the treatment and stuff. We should be good to go for this weekend."

His coach was more reserved. Jason Garrett said it was still early, and the Cowboys were hoping to get Romo "some more work (today), and he'll get himself ready to play in the game." The coach said the biggest issue was to get the swelling down.

NFL sacks leader to retire

DAVIE — Linebacker Jason Taylor walked across the locker room brushing his teeth, then ducked into the equipment room to rinse and spit. Minutes later he tried to muster a smile for a cluster of TV cameras.

It was time to call it quits.

The NFL's active sacks leader said he'll retire after his 15th season in the league and 13th with the Dolphins. Taylor has contemplated retirement in the past only to be lured back but now insists his mind's made up.

"Sunday's my last game," he said. "I might even change my cell phone number so they can't reach me."

Taylor, 37, ranks sixth all-time with 139½ sacks and has an NFL record six fumble returns for touchdowns.

BRADY OKAY: X-rays apparently revealed no serious damage to Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's left (nonthrowing) shoulder, which the team feared might be separated, profootballtalk.com reported.

MCCOY STILL SITTING: Browns quarterback Colt McCoy has not been cleared by team doctors to practice after sustaining a concussion on Dec. 8, and his season is likely over.

PONDER TO PLAY: Vikings rookie quarterback and former FSU standout Christian Ponder passed all the necessary tests after leaving last weekend's game with a concussion and is scheduled to start Sunday.

PROGRESS FOR PICKETT: Packers defensive end Ryan Pickett, a former Zephyrhills High standout, returned to practice for the first time since he sustained a concussion Dec. 11, his second this season. In other Packers news, tight end Jermichael Finley said he sat out practice after he woke up with his left knee bothering him.

TEBOW LOSES INT: In a scoring change, the third of Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow's four interceptions in Denver's 40-14 loss last weekend is now being ruled a lost fumble. As a result, the Bills have returned four interceptions for touchdowns this season, which equals a team record. In other Broncos news, safety Brian Dawkins was held out of practice because of a neck injury that has bothered him much of the month.

BEARS: Offensive lineman Edwin Williams agreed on a two-year contract extension through 2013.

COLTS: Quarterback Dan Orlovsky could play this week on short rest after missing practice to be with his wife, Tiffany, who had triplets.

DOLPHINS: Pro Bowl left tackle Jake Long went on injured reserve with a right arm injury.

GIANTS: Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora practiced on a limited basis after being sidelined for four games with a high ankle sprain and problems with his knee.

RAIDERS: Big-play receiver Jacoby Ford practiced on a limited basis for the first time since spraining his left foot on Nov. 10 at San Diego.

TEXANS: Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who went on medical leave Dec. 14 to have surgery on his kidney and gall bladder, returned to practice and said he'll be able to work from the press box Sunday. … Receiver Andre Johnson, who has missed three games with a hamstring injury, looked good in practice and should play Sunday.

AMERICAN CONFERENCE

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Sunday

Chicago at Minnesota, 1

Carolina at New Orleans, 1

Detroit at Green Bay, 1

San Francisco at St. Louis, 1

Tennessee at Houston, 1

Buffalo at New England, 1

N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1

Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 1

Washington at Philadelphia, 1

San Diego at Oakland, 4:15

Kansas City at Denver, 4:15

Seattle at Arizona, 4:15

Tampa Bay at Atlanta, 4:15

Baltimore at Cincinnati, 4:15

Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 4:15

Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 8:30

Romo limited but expects to play vs. Giants 12/28/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 9:41pm]

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