IRVING (AP) — Tony Romo’s bruised right thumb should be just fine when the Dallas Cowboys play the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night, but he’ll be taking snaps from a new center.
Cory Procter will replace Andre Gurode, who won’t be traveling because of an injured left knee. Safety Pat Watkins will be staying home because of an ankle problem.
“We don’t want them walking around, on an airplane, that kind of thing,” coach Wade Phillips said.
Terry Glenn also was unlikely to go. While the rest of the receivers ran routes at the start of practice, Glenn was off to the side wearing a sweat shirt, catching a few balls. Phillips had said the decision whether to take Glenn would be based on how he did at practice.
Romo is getting ice and treatment for the injury sustained in the second half of this past Sunday’s game, but he took part in all of practice Thursday. Romo hasn’t spoken with reporters all week.
“I talked to Tony and he said things are progressing well,” Phillips said before the workout. “He said he’s feeling better and better. He’s real positive. We’re still going to be protective of it, but it looks real positive.”