IRVING, Texas (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.
``If he has confidence and if we have confidence that he can play, then it would be a limited amount,'' Phillips said.
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, so updates have come only from teammates and Phillips.
``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.''
Another new option for playing time is fullback Zack Crockett, who was claimed off waivers Wednesday. He practiced Thursday and said he's ready to go - on offense, special teams or anywhere else.
``I'm cramming, learning the system as fast as I possibly can learn it,'' he said. ``I'll be ready if my number is called.''
Crockett was let go by Tampa Bay, which used him in only one game this season, his 14th. This is the first season since 1999 he hasn't been a weekly fixture. All those were with Oakland; he started nine games last year.
Phillips said Crockett was an intriguing pickup because the team has been carrying only one fullback, Oliver Hoyte, who missed several games earlier this season with a neck problem - and because running backs coach Skip Peete worked with Crockett for years in Oakland. Besides, Dallas had a free roster spot for a few days because safety Roy Williams is suspended.
``With only one fullback, and he's been banged up, we'd like to at least look at someone just in case something happens, and also to have someone here,'' Phillips said.
Also Thursday, safety Ken Hamlin wore Williams' No. 31 jersey at practice, but didn't want to talk about it.
``I'm just working,'' he said, smiling. ``I don't know nothing about that.''

Recent NFL Discussions

COLL PLAYS FOR TUES THE MAC LOVE IT on Tue, Nov 2017 by Timmy1961
Tuesday Picks on Tue, Nov 2017 by BamaHater
Carolina Wise Guy NBA Selection 11/21! on Tue, Nov 2017 by CarolinaWiseGuy
Carolina Wise Guy CFB Selections 11/21! on Tue, Nov 2017 by CarolinaWiseGuy

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Giants vs. Redskins Total Pick Will the over cash for bettors when the Washington Redskins and New York Giants on Thursday night when the NFC East rivals clash at 8:30 p.m. ET?
Thumbnail Chargers vs. Cowboys Total Pick Will the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys combine for enough points to push the score over the betting total when the two teams meet at 4:30 p.m. ET on...
Week 12 NFL Survivor Pool Picks 11/21/17
Tuesday, 21 November 2017
Thumbnail Week 12 NFL Survivor Pool Picks Need help making your selection of your NFL survivor pool? As we do every Tuesday, here are three options for Week 12 to help push you deeper into your NFL survivor...
Thumbnail Vikings vs. Lions Total Pick Can the Detroit Lions find a way to move the ball on the impressive Minnesota Vikings defense when the two meet up on Thanksgiving Day at...
Thumbnail Falcons vs. Seahawks Prediction Are the Seattle Seahawks a safe bet to cover the point spread as a home favorite tonight when they host the Atlanta Falcons? Kick-off for Monday night is set for 8:30 p.m....

NFL Team Pages