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Cowboys owner Jones holds out hope for Romo

Wed., Dec. 25, 2013

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Dallas isn’t ruling quarterback Tony Romo out of a winner-take-all game with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night because doctors could clear him after treating his back injury.

Jones said on his radio show Tuesday that his quarterback has proven he can play with pain but won’t if doctors advise against it.

Kyle Orton is preparing to make his first start since 2011 if Romo is not cleared.

The team also reported on its website that former Seattle Seahawks and Cowboys QB Jon Kitna would join the team in time for practice today. The move is pending a physical for the 41-year-old Kitna, who retired after the 2011 season.

Caught at Candlestick

Police made 30 arrests during the 49ers’ final regular season game at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on Monday, police said.

Most of the arrests were for public drunkenness, though one person was taken into custody on suspicion of trying to steal a seat from the stadium, Sgt. Eric O’Neal said. Police had to transport suspects to smaller lockups because San Francisco’s jail became so full at one point, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Eighty-one people were also ejected and seven people cited, police said. One person suffered a minor head injury, the Chronicle reported.

Watt weighs surgery

With the season winding down, Houston defensive end J.J. Watt said he is looking in to having plastic surgery to repair a deep gash on the bridge of his nose. The injury, which required six stitches, occurred in an overtime loss to the Seahawks in Week 4 this season. Each time he’s played since, the wound has been reopened, resulting in a permanent mark on his face.

Around the league

Denver promoted LB Brandon Marshall from its practice squad to replace Von Miller, who went on injured reserve with a knee injury. … Atlanta DT Corey Peters will undergo season-ending Achilles surgery after suffering a non-contact injury in Monday’s loss at San Francisco. … Bills rookie QB EJ Manuel (left knee) resumed practicing, although it’s not clear whether he’ll play in Buffalo’s season finale at New England Sunday. … The agent for Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton says his client didn’t start an altercation at a Dallas-area bar that led to the NFL player’s arrest. Police said Melton became belligerent, refused to leave and punched the manager of the sports bar in the face.

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