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NFL notes: Cowboys’ Tony Romo uncertain for Sunday

Romo
Romo
Associated Press

Brandon Weeden put on his ball cap after leading scoring drives on the only two possessions Tony Romo missed against Washington, felt a tap and turned to see the Dallas starter.

“Hey man, hell of a job. I’m going back in,” Weeden said Romo told him.

With that, Weeden’s day was done in a 20-17 overtime loss. Romo was sent to the locker room for a quarter on a sack that injured his surgically repaired back.

When Romo returned for the last possession of regulation, Washington stopped Dallas, then did it again for the win in overtime after taking the lead. So now Romo’s backup waits to see whether the 34-year-old who has had three different back injuries – and two surgeries – in 18 months will play against Arizona on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Weeden isn’t likely to be rattled.

“You know, he’s an older player,” said Scott Linehan, Dallas’ passing game coordinator and play-caller.

“Young in the league, but the guy’s got a lot of maturity. It’s not too big for him to go out there and step in in a relief mode and play, nor is it too big for him to be prepared as a starter because he’s done it in this league.”

Romo didn’t practice Wednesday or Thursday, and all indications point to the Cowboys waiting until Sunday morning before deciding.

Griffin likely to start

Washington coach Jay Gruden says he has “every intent” of starting Robert Griffin III on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Gruden said that the Redskins feel Griffin is 100 percent recovered from a dislocated left ankle suffered in Week 2. Griffin took most of the first-team snaps in practice ahead of Colt McCoy, who started Monday night’s win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Randle requested massage

As he was being booked on a shoplifting charge, Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle offered $100 for a massage and wondered aloud if his arrest would make the news.

KTVT-TV aired the video of Randle at the Frisco City Jail following his Oct. 13 arrest. Randle was charged with misdemeanor theft after being accused of stealing cologne and underwear from a department store.

In the video, Randle asked a booking officer: “If I give you $100, can you give me a massage?” The officer replies: “No.”

Around the league

A person familiar with the situation said Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy’s domestic violence appeal trial set for Nov. 17 has been postponed until after the NFL season, meaning his career with Carolina could be over. … San Diego will lose rookie cornerback Jason Verrett for at least one game and possibly longer with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. … Miami coach Joe Philbin was absent from practice because of a family matter. The Dolphins didn’t say when their coach was expected to return.

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