Tony Romo could return to practice Wednesday

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The swelling is going down on Tony Romo’s bruised throwing hand, and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback could be ready to practice Wednesday.

Coach Jason Garrett says it looks as if Romo is getting better and that a number of different tests have confirmed the original diagnosis of nothing being broken in the quarterback’s right hand.

Asked Monday if Romo can grip a football, Garrett responded that the quarterback has a relatively firm handshake.

All indications are that Romo isn’t in danger of missing Sunday night’s game at the New York Giants that will determine who wins the NFC East and goes to the playoffs.

GIANTS: Walking into his news conference on Monday, Tom Coughlin couldn’t hide the injury.

There was a noticeable limp in his left leg, one seemingly that will bother the 65-year-old New York Giants coach for weeks and might require medical intervention down the road.

Coughlin didn’t care. He wasn’t going to discuss the extent of the injury sustained in Saturday’s game with the Jets when he was slammed into by Giants running back D.J Ware after the running back was hit out of bounds.

All that was important was that the Giants (8-7) are playing Dallas (8-7) Sunday night at MetLife Stadium for the NFC East title and a playoff berth. The loser goes home.

VIKINGS: Minnesota expects star running back Adrian Peterson to be recovered from left knee surgery for two torn ligaments in time to start the 2012 season.

Peterson tore his ACL and MCL when he was hit in the side of the knee by Washington Redskins safety DeJon Gomes in the third quarter of Saturday’s 33-26 win at Washington. An MRI on Saturday evening revealed the ligament tears and meniscus damage. Peterson will undergo surgery within the next seven to 10 days, according to Minnesota head trainer Eric Sugarman.

PANTHERS: Wide receiver Legedu Naanee broke a small bone in his right foot during Saturday’s 48-16 win over Tampa Bay and is done for the season.

Naanee started 10 games this season for the Panthers, with 44 receptions for 467 yards and one touchdown.

Coach Ron Rivera says the injury occurred as Naanee was trying to stretch for a touchdown and his foot got stuck in the grass.

Brandon LaFell will start in Naanee’s place in Sunday’s season finale at New Orleans.

JAGUARS: Defensive end Aaron Kampman is on crutches again after having surgery on his right knee for the second time in two years.

Kampman tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in practice on Nov. 11, 2010. His recovery was slower than expected, and he only played in three games this season before going on injured reserve for the third consecutive year.

He had the same injury in his left knee in 2009.

CHARGERS: Eliminated from playoff contention and with their coach and general manager possibly headed for the unemployment line, all the San Diego Chargers can do now is try to ruin rival Oakland’s season and avoid their first losing record since 2003.

A defeat would leave the Chargers (7-8) with their first losing season since 2003.

It already might be too late for coach Norv Turner.

The Chargers will sit out the playoffs for the second straight season after reaching the postseason five of the six previous seasons.


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