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Left guard Kyle Kosier is expected to play after missing the last six games with a right foot injury, as is cornerback Terence Newman after being out five because of a sports hernia. Both Kosier and Newman practiced Wednesday, but rookie running back Felix Jones (hamstring) sat out again.
Phillips said Romo is making all the necessary throws, from the quick short routes to deep balls and crossing routes.
The bulky wrap that Romo initially wore, which covered three fingers and made throwing difficult, has been replaced by a splint wrapped around only his pinkie with some tape on his wrist.
Being off the field was difficult for Romo.
"It has felt longer (than three games)," Romo said.
But Romo spent his time on the sideline watching from a different perspective than he did his first 3 1/2 years with the Cowboys before becoming the starter midway through the 2006 season.
"I've done a lot of studying, and a lot of thinking about the game and trying to gain an understanding of what it is we may need to do a little bit differently or what we may need to continue to do or do better," Romo said. "I feel very confident and excited going forward about things that we may have changed around, improved upon."
While another loss to a divisional rival could be hard to overcome for the Cowboys, who are already three games behind the NFC East-leading Giants and a game behind the Redskins with losses to both of them, Romo has a different idea.
"I think this team has got a great second-half run in it," Romo said. "Hopefully we'll be able to show that this week."
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