By Matthew Postins
Dallas Cowboys fans can exhale. Tony Romo and Dez Bryant should be OK.
An X-ray of Romo’s ribs showed no structural damage and he should be ready for Sunday’s game with Kansas City. Romo took a shot in the second quarter from two different New York Giants defenders on Sunday night. The hit briefly left Romo on the AT&T Stadium turf and saw him leave the game for the final couple of minutes of the first half. He returned in the second half to lead the Cowboys to a 36-31 win.
“I’ve been told they’re negative, which is a positive, meaning they’re not broken,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said on Monday.
Bryant rolled his ankle late in the victory over the Giants, an injury Garrett classified as a sprained foot. The Cowboys were awaiting the results of an MRI to determine the severity. Bryant caught just four passes Sunday night, but he fought double coverage the entire game. Bryant did come back into the game for the Giants’ onside kick to participate on the hands team.
Cornerback Morris Claiborne suffered a shoulder injury in the second half on Sunday night, but returned. Garrett told reporters that the Cowboys believe the injury “is not too severe” and that he could practice this week.
As for players that did not play at all on Sunday, Garrett was cautious about the chances of defensive end Anthony Spencer, safety Danny McCray and running back Lance Dunbar returning this week for the Kansas City Chiefs.
Spencer has run on the knee twice in the past three days and hasn’t reported any setbacks. But he hasn’t practiced in more than a month and it’s unclear how quickly he’ll be in game shape.
“No idea. Hopefully he’s making some progress and we can get him out there (on the practice field) a little bit,” Garrett said.
Dunbar is out of his walking boot and eager to get back on the field.
“He seems to be walking around all right, so we’ll see,” Garrett said of Dunbar.
McCray, who was missed on special teams Sunday, is nursing a hamstring injury.