Girlfriend Jessica Simpson may be forecasting a butt kicking by the Cowboys Monday night, but Dallas quarterback Tony Romo had nothing but respect for the Eagles’ defense during an interview with reporters today.
“I think their scheme definitely creates situations for them to win more than they lose,” Romo said. “Their coach really puts them in good position … and they’re very disciplined. A lot of teams when they’re coming from all different directions, it’s hard to be disciplined. I’ll prepare and hopefully be ready.”
Romo has good reason to respect the Eagles. The two worst single-game passer ratings of his career came against the Eagles in starts at Texas Stadium. His worst passer rating of 22.2 came in last December's game when the Eagles won 10-6. Romo was sacked four times and completed just 13 of 36 passes for 214 yards. He also threw three interceptions. His second worst rating (45.5) came on Christmas night in 2006 when he completed just 14 of 29 passes for 142 yards and one touchdown. He threw two interceptions and was sacked three times in that game.
The quarterback's second best passer rating of his career also came against the Eagles when Dallas won 38-17 at the Linc last year. He completed 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards and three touchdowns in that game to finish with a 141.7 rating.
COWBOYS INJURY REPORT
Unlike the Eagles, the Cowboys returned to the practice field today and running back Marion Barber participated despite a rib injury he suffered in the season opener against
“I think he is fine,” Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. “He just had bruised ribs. He didn’t have anything more than that. He’ll be fine for the game.”
The Cowboys also hope to have starting cornerback Terrence Newman, reserve linebacker Anthony Spencer and No. 3 wide receiver Miles Austin Monday night. Newman (groin injury), Spencer (knee) and Austin (knee) all missed the Cowboys’ game in
, but all three had limited participation in practice. The Cowboys will be without starting left guard Kyle Kosier (foot) for the second straight week. Cory Procter will get the start again in place of Kosier.
EXTRA POINTS. Phillips has the unique perspective of having been on both sides of the Eagles-Cowboys rivalry and a writer covering the team asked him what it was like from the
side when he was the team's defensive coordinator. “I was there when Buddy Ryan was there, so that was different,” Phillips said. … The Eagles return to practice tomorrow at the NovaCare Complex and Terrell Owens will take part in a conference call with the