Top Cowboy certain of Romo's recovery

IRVING, Texas — Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was more certain than coach Jason Garrett on Friday when asked about quarterback Tony Romo's availability for Sunday's NFC East title showdown with the Giants.

Romo was limited in practice for the third straight day, but he is officially listed as probable on the injury report after hitting his hand on the helmet of an Eagles player last week.

"He's going to be playing at full strength," Jones said on a Dallas-area radio show. "It's just a very big-time feel-good to know that we're going to be going in with this kind of quarterbacking. … So the stage is set for us to play well in a big game."

Garrett had said he was "hopeful" as the swelling on Romo's hand has gone down in recent days.

"He's good," receiver Miles Austin told ESPNDallas.com. " … I felt like the passes were pretty on par from him."

Brady Better: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (nonthrowing shoulder) was limited in practice but is listed as probable and appears slated to play against the Bills. Comcast SportsNet reported that Brady had X-rays to check for a separated left shoulder and was told he was "all set."

Steelers improving: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (high ankle sprain) and safety Troy Polamalu (knee) each attended a full practice and are listed as probable for the Browns game. Center Maurkice Pouncey, a former Gator, missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain but said he's going to play.

Ryan shows support: Coach Rex Ryan said he expects Brian Schottenheimer to be running the offense again next season. Unless, the embattled offensive coordinator becomes a head coach elsewhere. Some reports have speculated that Schottenheimer's job could be in jeopardy if the Jets fail to make the playoffs. Ryan said he puts Schottenheimer's return at "probably 50-50." The former Gator backup QB has turned down interview opportunities in past years.

"I'll say that, obviously, if he gets a head coaching job, then 'See you later,' " said Ryan, who then made his strongest show of support for Schottenheimer. When asked what would happen if the assistant does not get a head coaching job, Ryan said: "Then, I expect him back."

Irrelevant No more: The Chiefs signed kicker Ryan Succop, "Mr. Irrelevant" as the final pick of the 2009 draft, to a $14 million, five-year contract extension, ESPN.com reported.

Cardinal nets two fines: Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett was fined $15,000 by the league for hitting Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton below the knees and another $15,000 for a horse-collar tackle on running back Bernard Scott. Dockett, a former Seminole, was flagged on both hits.

Also fined: Redskins safety Reed Doughty ($15,000), for hitting Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder in the head and neck area as he slid. Texans defensive end J.J. Watt ($15,000), for hitting Colts quarterback Dan Orlovsky below the knee. Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton ($15,000), for unnecessary roughness in hitting Saints receiver Marques Colston.

Orton, others file suit: Attorneys for Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton filed a lawsuit claiming bad advice from his former lawyers at the Chicago-based Chuhak & Tecson law firm cost him and about 20 others millions of dollars related to energy investments. None of the other players were named.

Dolphins: Running back Reggie Bush (right knee) will not play against the Jets.

Texans: Receiver Andre Johnson will play against the Titans after missing three games because of a strained left hamstring. The former Miami standout will be on a not-yet-determined play count.

Vikings: Running back Adrian Peterson is resting after surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee.

Top Cowboy certain of Romo's recovery 12/30/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 30, 2011 9:23pm]

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