IRVING, Texas (AP) If it's a question of tolerating pain, Tony Romo says he will play Sunday against Arizona - and history supports him on that point.
The issue in the 34-year-old Dallas quarterback's mind is whether he can run the offense while dealing with his third back injury in 18 months. He said Wednesday he doesn't know, which goes to owner Jerry Jones' point that it could be a game-time decision against the Cardinals.
Romo said the injury that sidelined him for about a quarter before he returned late in regulation of Monday's 20-17 overtime loss to Washington was "more than a contusion," referring to coach Jason Garrett's description. He wouldn't be more specific about the damage from a direct hit to his surgically repaired back on a third-quarter sack by linebacker Keenan Robinson.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Robert Griffin III will make his return on Sunday "if he shows he can handle the workload" in practices over the next two days, according to Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden.
In a text message Wednesday night to The Associated Press, Gruden clarified Griffin's situation. The coach said he told the team earlier in the day that the coaches were going to "work Robert in with the first team but be ready for whoever" the quarterback is, either Griffin or Colt McCoy.
CINCINNATI (AP) Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict had surgery to clean out his left knee on Wednesday and will miss at least the next two games.
The Pro Bowl linebacker hurt the knee during a 27-24 win over Baltimore on Sunday. He came out of the game, had the knee examined, then returned and finished the game. The knee continued bothering him and he had a test that showed a piece of something floating in the knee, coach Marvin Lewis said.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Given his long history of shoulder problems, nobody could fault Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith for a few moments of concern at halftime of last Sunday's game against St. Louis.
Smith had absorbed a sack just before halftime, landing hard on his throwing shoulder. But after he received some treatment in the locker room, Smith returned to the field and played the entire second half without missing a beat in a 34-7 blowout victory.
IRVING, Texas (AP) Dallas defensive tackle Josh Brent has returned to the practice field for the first time since his drunken-driving crash that killed teammate Jerry Brown in 2012.
Brent did light work on the side Wednesday, the first day he was eligible to practice because of NFL restrictions related to his 10-game suspension over an intoxication manslaughter conviction in January.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Tennessee Titans rookie Taylor Lewan pleaded guilty Thursday to being drunk and disorderly in a plea deal that will put him on probation for a confrontation involving an Ohio State fan.
Lewan, a former Michigan offensive tackle, was accused of hitting the fan, hours after the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines in Ann Arbor last season, 42-41. He was originally charged with aggravated assault and assault and battery.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) Rookie Brock Coyle is about to become the next option for the Seattle Seahawks at middle linebacker.
Seattle linebackers coach Ken Norton Jr. said Wednesday the Seahawks are planning on starting Coyle at middle linebacker this week against Oakland. The undrafted rookie out of Montana has only played a handful of snaps during the season but impressed Seattle's coaches enough during the preseason that they're comfortable with the move.