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Romo Tries Glove; Expecting To Play

Tony Romo showed up to practice on Wednesday sporting a black receivers glove on his right throwing hand. But it didn't stay on long.

Romo ditched the glove, which he said was used mainly to compress the swelling, and went about his practice. However, the Cowboys listed Romo as limited for practice, meaning backup Stephen McGee took a few more reps than usual.

But don't think for a minute that Romo isn't preparing himself to play Sunday night against the Giants in the biggest game of the year.

"Yeah, I expect to play," Romo told New York reporters in a conference call Wednesday. "It's continuing to improve a little day by day. Today was good. I was able to do some things with the ball that we weren't sure about. It was a good start to the week. We'll continue to working on it and getting treatment on it. We'll be good to go this weekend."

Romo said the swelling "continues to subside each day" and commended the training staff for helping him with constant treatment on the injury. But he said he's hoping to play Sunday night without any wrap or glove on his throwing hand.

"We're working on the compression of the hand and trying to get the swelling to go down," Romo said. "Hopefully it will continue to get better and better. As of now, I'm not anticipating playing with the glove."

When asked if it's harder to play with a swollen right hand or the fractured ribs he had earlier in the season, Romo said the rib injury was certainly tougher. He also said playing through pain is an expected part of this game and particularly the position he plays.

"I think when you play QB in the National Football League, you understand you're going to have bumps and bruises along the way," Romo said. "Every week is important and you have to go out and play. I just love competing and playing. That's why you go out there and play." 

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