With time running out on this season, the Dallas Cowboys told injured quarterback Tony Romo he might as well rest up for next season.
Romo went on injured reserve Tuesday, eliminating any chance of him playing Saturday night at Arizona or in the season finale at Philadelphia. He’s been out since breaking his left collarbone Oct. 25.
“When you just start doing the math on it and say, ‘Where is he with this injury? Where is he physically functioning? Where is he being able to take a hit? And then, how much practice time you need to have any player be ready to play in a game?’” interim coach Jason Garrett said. “We just felt when we factored all those things together, it just made sense to make this move.”
MCNABB SAYS HE FEELS ‘DISRESPECTED’
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Quarterback Donovan McNabb said he felt disrespected by the way he was benched by Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.
“Everything was handled awkwardly,” McNabb said on his weekly radio show, “somewhat to a disrespect to me and to the team.”
San Francisco coach Mike Singletary has made up his mind on who will be his starting quarterback Sunday, but he isn’t saying if it will be Troy Smith or Alex Smith. The Bengals placed Terrell Owens on season-ending injured reserve a day after the receiver had surgery to repair cartilage in his left knee. ... Denver linebacker Kevin Alexander pleaded not guilty to charges of assault and battery stemming from an allegation of a domestic dispute over alleged infidelity, a day after he was arrested and cut from the team. ... The Cleveland Browns placed linebacker Scott Fujita and cornerback Eric Wright on injured reserve. ... Coach Mike Tomlin concedes the Steelers were mistakenly awarded a first down on a 9-yard run by Rashard Mendenhall during their 22-17 loss to the Jets on Sunday. ... The Oakland Raiders signed former UFL punter Danny Baugher to their practice squad as insurance if Shane Lechler is unable to play this week.