Cowboys notes: Romo could get a pain-killing shot for his ribs before the Rams game

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Quarterback Tony Romo was a full participant in practice Wednesday. He said his bruised ribs feel better than they did last week.

“And it’ll just keep getting better and better this week,” Romo said.

Still, he might need another pain-killing injection come Sunday.

“It’s too early to tell right now,” Romo said. “But I think tentatively we were planning on it just because the nature of it and what we thought, but we’ll see as we get there.”

Romo wouldn’t blame his fourth-quarter struggles on the shot wearing off. He completed only eight of 15 passes for 69 yards in the final period against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“I don’t know that that was a part of it,” Romo said. “More than anything, it’s just I’ve gotten shot up before for the rib, and it seems like it’s a normal part of playing quarterback in the National Football League. You go out there and you play. No one cares. When you step on the field, it’s all about winning and that’s all that matters.”

Romo played through a fractured rib in 2011. He completed 22 of 36 passes for 255 yards and an interception in a Week 3 win over Washington after fracturing the rib and puncturing a lung the previous week against San Francisco.

Bryant plans to play

Receiver Dez Bryant missed practice Wednesday as he remains troubled by a back injury that bothered him in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 17-16 loss.

Coach Jason Garrett said Bryant’s back was sore but had anticipated him “doing something” in practice.

Bryant, however, did nothing with the team and was relegated to very light and deliberate rehab work with one of the conditioning coaches.

“I’ll be honest about it,” Bryant said after practice. “I’m a little sore.”

Asked if he would play against the Rams on Sunday, Bryant responded incredulously.

“Come on man, what kind of question is that? You know I’m going to be out there,” Bryant said.

Bryant said he would talk in more detail Thursday but didn’t say if he would practice.

Bryant was sidelined in the season finale last year against the Redskins with back spasms.

Spencer’s knee injury

Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer admits he’s frustrated. His “minor” knee surgery has taken far longer to heal than expected.

“I have like a small, little soft cartilage part on the inner side of my knee, so it’s not really stopping the banging of the bone. So it’s going to take a little more time to heal, and we really don’t have time right now,” Spencer said Wednesday.

Spencer missed practice Wednesday. He has practiced only twice since undergoing surgery on his left knee July 25. Spencer did make his debut Sunday, playing 34 of 67 snaps.

“I was supposed to just be on the third downs or what not, but third downs weren’t coming fast enough for me, so I decided to get a little extra work,” Spencer said. “It paid off for me.”

He expects to practice Thursday and play even more Sunday. Spencer, though, said he still is experiencing “a dull pain and a little bit of weakness” in his knee.

Waters ready for more

Guard Brian Waters played 18 snaps in four series against the Chiefs in his first game in more than year.

After playing as a reserve in rotation with Mackenzy Bernadeau, Waters said he felt good and is ready for more action.

Waters said he will do whatever is asked but chaffed at the notion that he needs to be eased into action. Waters hasn’t played since 2011 after sitting out all of last season before signing with the Cowboys Sept. 4.

“I got my feet wet the first play,” Waters said “The first play was a field goal and they put three guys on me and hit me in the mouth. That is about as wet as its going to get. I knew I was back to football.”

Claiborne: No change

Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne laments the pass interference penalty he received late in Sunday’s loss to the Chiefs. But he has no regrets about the decision he made with aggressive coverage on a play that was seemingly short of the first down.

Coach Jason Garrett told the media that Claiborne was too aggressive and needed to show more poise on what was a legitimate pass interference penalty, which extended to the Chiefs’ final drive and prevented the Cowboys from getting the ball back.

Claiborne said no one has discussed the play with him and he would do the same thing if he had to do it all over again.

“We haven’t discussed that play,” Claiborne said when asked if Garrett had talked to him about it. “I would play it the same way. The call is man to man. I’m going to press. What else can I do? I can’t let them run inside me and let them catch it.”

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