Cowboys' Romo Wants to Play

In a game that might mean more to the Minnesota Vikings than the Dallas Cowboys, quarterback Tony Romo wants to play Sunday against the Redskins. See what Romo had to say.

Tony Romo wants to play in the season finale against the Redskins.

Never mind that it is a meaningless game that has no bearing on the Cowboys' playoff chances. They have already secured home-field advantage throughout.

He just wants to win because the Cowboys are playing a game.

"That's who I am," Romo said. "I'm competitive."

Romo understands the reasoning of why he may give way to backup Brad Johnson early in the game.

He also understands why several other Cowboys may play briefly or sit out altogether in an effort to avoid injury or to allow injuries to heal.

He still wants to win. That's how he is built.

"Our ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl and anything that threatens that is, in a small way, probably a negative," Romo said. "But I learned a while ago you can't take the competitiveness away from individuals. If you do that, that's when people get hurt."

The Cowboys do have motivation so to win the game. A win would give them a franchise-record 14 wins on the season. A win would also knock the rival Redskins out of the playoffs.

"We've got to be smart about it, but at the same point, we're not laying down," Romo said. "We're not coming out to say, ‘Hey, let's take a week off. Let's treat it like the preseason.' We're going to try to win this football game. We're going to try to execute every play, like we do all the time. Really, the most important thing is, we're going to try to get better."

NOTES

  • LB Anthony Spencer will see a lot of action against the Redskins as the Cowboys rest veteran Greg Ellis in the meaningless season finale.

  • WR Terrell Owens (sprained ankle) is one of five injured players all but ruled of the Redskins game. The others are center Andre Gurode (sprained knee), nose tackle Jay Ratliff (sprained knee), cornerback Terence Newman (sprained knee), free safety Pat Watkins (sprained ankle).

  • LB Bobby Carpenter has seen little playing time in the regular defense this season, causing more questions about whether he is a bust as a first-round pick in 2006. Coach Wade Phillips said the staff had high hopes for Carpenter but got down on him after a poor performance in the season opener. That combined with Bradie James playing better than expected and the staff feeling James needed to stay on the field caused Carpenter to be left out of the mix.

  • TE Jason Witten needs six catches for 100 on the season and nine to break the record of 102 catches for tight ends for as season by Tony Gonzalez. Witten said he doesn't care about the records.

    "I don't want them to go out of their way to try to get me the ball and to break that record," Witten said. "Obviously, this has been a great year and a special year for me personally, too. But, really, it's more about this team and where we're headed."


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