The Dallas Cowboys will face the Eagles in Philadelphia on Sunday night after a 10-day layoff. Here’s some of the latest updates:
Romo talks why he’s playing hurt
Last week, QB Tony Romo said that he had been playing with a broken rib along with a back injury.
Romo, 34, told the Dallas Morning News: “Football for me, it’s my life’s work.”
“That’s my career. I’ll be a husband, I’ll be dad, and I’ll have been a football player at the time when I finish on this Earth. In some ways, I want to give everything I can into being the best version of that I can be,” he added.
“There’s only 16 games a year, 16 days that you’re guaranteed, and you’re really not even guaranteed that. You just want to make sure you give everything you can. It’s a great, rewarding experience if you’re able to do that at a level that you feel proud of.”
Romo added that having 10 days off between games helps.
“I think just having a few more days off and the ability to take the week like we’ve normally been doing, I expect me and our team to be at our best come Sunday,” Romo said, reported ESPN.
Murray will continue workload
DeMarco Murray had a career-high 41 touches against the Bears last Thursday. That output likely isn’t going to change soon.
Murray said after the Bears game, it was the best he’s felt all season long.
Per CBS, the running back, “It’s the best I’ve felt after a game all year.” Coach Jason Garrett added, “He wants more. He never wants to come out of the game.”
“He’s a bell-cow player and it doesn’t look like he’s slowing down at all to me. He feels great, he says he feels great and really looks like he’s playing at a very high level,” Garrett added.
Murray leads the league in rushing attempts with 320 and yards with 1,606. He also has nine rushing touchdowns.
Bryant says ‘no time to relax’
During the Thursday game, the cameras focused on WR Dez Bryant several times as he was yelling at teammates.
“No time to relax,” Bryant said, per ESPN. “We’re not going to relax because we’ve got an opportunity. That’s the only thing I think about is an opportunity. We’ve got an opportunity to do something.”
Bryant also dispelled the rumors that he was angry that he was not getting the ball.
“Anybody will tell you in this locker room, it’s an unselfish mindset. That’s what we’re creating up in here. It’s making sure, hey, we’re doing what we’re doing to win this game, not being relaxed. We don’t want that. We’ve got an opportunity to do something big,” he said.
Jerry Jones: More teams in playoffs
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that the NFL should allow two more teams into the playoffs each year.
Currently, 12 teams can get in. “Let me start off by saying I’m for two more playoff teams right now,” Jones said, according to Fox Sports. “I think we’ve got the number of people in the league that are for that, and it’s just a matter of when in my mind.”
“I don’t want to discredit any team’s ability to mount an objection or any team’s ability to vote against it, but I think as it sits right now, it enjoys the favor of the staff,” Jones added. “I’ve seen the league office promote it, and I’ve certainly seen the teams are for it. I think it could come immediately.”
There’s been speculation and rumors that 14 teams could be admitted into the playoffs as early as next season.