Tony Romo returns to practice for Dallas Cowboys

12/26/2008 12:06 AM

02/17/2010 12:56 AM

IRVING — Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo returned to Valley Ranch on Christmas Day feeling a lot better after battling an illness Wednesday.

Romo practiced Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice. He walked through the halls to his quarterbacks’ meeting and was asked if he was feeling better.

“Oh, yeah,” Romo said. “I feel like 100 dollars.”

Romo was battling flu-like symptoms and was sent home by the team with medicine on Wednesday.

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips showed his sense of humor in announcing Romo's return.

"Tony Romo reported in and says he's feeling better and will be at practice. We'll make him practice double today, make him practice extra for the people worried about him missing practice yesterday," Phillips said in his Christmas Day news conference.

Tight end Jason Witten (sprained left ankle) also returned to practice after missing Wednesday. Running back Marion Barber (dislocated right pinkie toe) and safety Ken Hamlin (foot) practiced in a limited capacity.

Witten and Hamlin are expected to play against the Eagles. Barber's availability won't be known until game time.

The Cowboys face the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday with a playoff berth at stake. Kickoff is at 3:15 p.m.

Colombo locked in

The Cowboys made a commitment to offensive right tackle Marc Colombo on Wednesday as he signed a four-year, $22 million contract.

Colombo has resurrected his career in Dallas after battling injuries with Chicago and has become a consistent player.

“I am excited to be able to stay here with my teammates,” he said. “It is a relief to have this finished and now I can focus completely on football.

“This is a place I love. This is where I got my second chance."

Colombo agreed to the contract a few weeks ago, but some contract language was being worked out.

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