Injury news mixed for Cowboys heading into Chiefs game

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Dallas Coboys quarterback Tony Romo said he is fine, and the Dallas Cowboys are preparing for him to play this week against Kansas City.

Romo answered, “I’m fine,” to reporters’ questions at Valley Ranch on Monday.

Asked if he was in pain, he said, “A little pain.”

Romo didn’t stop to chat. He appeared to be walking normally, if deliberately, a day after having the wind knocked out of him, as the Cowboys announced, in the game against the New York Giants on Sunday.

But the Cowboys are not as sure about defensive end Anthony Spencer or receiver Dez Bryant. Spencer is still recovering from knee surgery in July, and Bryant has a sprained foot from the game.

Running back Lance Dunbar, who is coming back from his own foot injury, said Bryant was walking fine Monday.

“I don’t think his is that bad,” Dunbar said. “He’s walking around pretty good. He’ll be all right. Just ice it. Try to stay off it as much as you can. He’ll be ready.”

For his part, Dunbar said he will practice Wednesday, but he doesn’t know if he will be ready against the Chiefs.

“Probably ease me back in,” he said. “That’s probably the smart thing to do is ease me back in.”

Morris Claiborne is expected to be ready for the Kansas City game after a separated shoulder against the Giants. He will play in a shoulder harness.

Week 2 lessons

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys can learn a lesson from last year’s season-opening win and Week 2 loss in Seattle.

“We fumbled the opening kickoff and made some other mistakes,” Garrett said. “It’s a crowd as loud as it is in the National Football League, got even louder early on in that game. There will be some similar challenges this week. Kansas City had a huge win yesterday.”

Garrett said it will be similar to a division game because Chiefs coach Andy Reid knows the Cowboys well, and vice versa.

No faking

Jason Garrett said the Cowboys did not complain to the league about the Giants possibly staging injuries.

He said the NFL handles that situation well and that the Cowboys’ job is to be ready to play at the signal.

“If somebody goes down, you have to respect what’s going on with that player and make sure you handle it the right way,” Garrett said. “The league has a good understanding of what you have to value in that kind of a situation, and they handle it well. … What we have to do as an offensive team in that situation is play. When they’re ready to let us play, we’re going to go play. And I thought our guys did a good job of handling that last night.”

Takeaway credibility

The coaching staff has something behind their words about turnovers, Jason Garrett said.

“When you say this is something that is valuable, we go do it and then it results in a win, that’s really where it hits home, that’s where it gains its credibility,” Garrett said. “I thought it was really important for us to finish that game the right way and win the ballgame when we have a plus-5 turnover-takeaway ratio. That’s what happened in the game.”

The six turnovers included three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. It was the most takeaways by the Cowboys since Dec. 14, 2003, at Washington.

Carlos Mendez, 817-390-7407 Twitter: @calexmendez

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