Tony Romo grew up 154 miles from Green Bay, rooting for the home-state Packers. But the only significance about playing at Lambeau Field, he insists, is that it means the Cowboys are still alive.
“I’ve played at Lambeau plenty of times in my career,” Romo said. “It’s a great environment and great fans. I grew up rooting for the Packers, so that part of it I understand how passionate they are.
“We have great fans here, very passionate fans here. It’s a playoff game. You can play anywhere, and it’s going to be a big game and important to a lot of people. You understand that. You just go out and play.”
Romo isn’t the only Cowboys player from Wisconsin.
Right tackle Doug Free, center Travis Frederick and defensive tackle Nick Hayden also call the Badger State home.
“It’s awesome,” said Hayden, who is from Hartland, Wis., and played at the University of Wisconsin. “I’ve never played there before. Seventh year in the league, and I’ve never played there.
“I’m excited. I’m ecstatic to play in front of family and friends at Lambeau, where I grew up. It’s great.”
Frederick, like Romo, doesn’t seem as enthused.
“My family grew up as Bears fans, so it never carried any special significance,” Frederick said. “Just another game.”
Defensive end Jeremy Mincey missed practice Wednesday with a concussion. Mincey, who leads the Cowboys with seven sacks, showed up at Valley Ranch on Tuesday complaining of a headache.
Linebacker Rolando McClain also missed practice, dealing with a concussion and a knee injury.
Mincey and McClain will have to pass a five-step, return-to-play concussion protocol before they are cleared for full football activities.
Right tackle Doug Free (ankle), linebacker Anthony Hitchens (ankle) and defensive tackle Terrell McClain (ankle) also sat out, and quarterback Tony Romo took his normal Wednesday off.
The sign on DeMarcus Lawrence’s locker appeared to have been ripped off. Every defensive player began the month with a piece of paper bearing a football and reading: Jan=Score month.
The Cowboys can laugh about it now after their 24-20 victory over the Detroit Lions.
“Some people really have got to understand the message,” defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford said. “It’s score month. When we get a turnover, we want to score, except in certain situations. Like the end of the game, and you can fall on it.
“Not saying any names. ... It’s little brother, so I’m not going to say DeMarcus’ name or anything.”
Lawrence, of course, fumbled a fumble recovery with 2 minutes left in Sunday’s game, which would have sealed the Cowboys’ victory. Instead, it took another eight plays before Lawrence’s strip-sack-recovery iced it with 54 seconds left.
The Cowboys preach “scoop and score,” but Lawrence said he’s learned his lesson.
“That’s the motto,” Lawrence said. “That’s the plan every time we see the ball. You’ve just got to know the types of situations you are in, so...”