Dallas Cowboys

Romo bounces back from early hit, says back is fine

All is well, Tony Romo says.

Romo took a major hit early in the game when Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner squared him up. Romo stayed down for a while and was tended to by trainers before walking off under his own power.

Romo returned the next series and took a few more shots throughout the day, but insisted afterward that his surgically repaired back came out of it fine.

“I think my rib cartilage may have something to say about it, but we’ll see,” Romo said, grinning.

“I’ll go through all of this stuff [Monday]. Obviously the soreness after the game and that’s part of it. That’s fine.”

Outside of the rib shot, Romo said he also rolled his ankle.

“Got to go through all of the junk [Monday] and figure that out,” Romo said. “It has nothing to do with the back, though. All of this is gravy.”

Special teams issues

Dan Bailey became the most accurate kicker in NFL history and tied the franchise record for longest field goal by connecting on a game-tying 56-yarder in the third quarter.

But those were the only highlights on a disappointing day by the special teams.

Two bad plays by the special teams almost cost the Cowboys the game. Chris Jones had a punt blocked that was returned for a touchdown in the first quarter, and returner Dwayne Harris muffed a punt for the second consecutive week early in the third quarter.

Those were 14 points the Cowboys gifted the Seahawks.

“There’s corrections to be made after every game, win or lose,” special teams coach Rich Bisaccia said. “There’s some things we need to clean up. They played their hearts out. I’m excited about what they’re doing.

“I’ll take the responsibility for the block and we’ll get it cleaned up.”

Harris echoed those thoughts and said he wasn’t overly concerned about muffing punts on consecutive weeks. He added that the blocked punt was simply a good play by the Seahawks.

As for Bailey, he said it’s too early in his career to worry about what records he holds at this point. But he was pleased to connect with the 56-yarder.

“It wasn’t my prettiest kick, had a slow rotation and funky flight to it,” Bailey said. “But I felt I put a pretty good hit on it.”

Spencer back?

Anthony Spencer was out more than a year recovering from microfracture surgery on his left knee. But he showed signs of his old self in his third game back, as he made a noticeable difference on defense against Seattle.

He had three combined tackles and had his first quarterback hit of the season.

“I feel like I’m getting back to myself,” Spencer said. “I don’t think about [my knee] at all while I’m out there. I have stiffness in the knee when I wake up in the morning, but it’s the way it’s going to be, so I am dealing with it.”

Added defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli: “What happens is your legs kind of die because he hasn’t done anything. He had training camp legs.

“I think each week he’s going to get better and better now. Felt good about him.”

Injury updates

Right tackle Doug Free missed a few plays with a foot sprain near the end of the game, but he returned.

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones did not have an update on Free’s injury after the game, although he felt Jermey Parnell filled in well.

Linebacker Rolando McClain, who re-injured his groin last week, also missed a couple plays, but was on the field to make a game-sealing interception.

“It’s football, you play through pain, you play through fatigue, you play through everything,” McClain said. “You do it for your team. It’s football.”

Drew Davison


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