Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo Injury: Latest on Romo's Week 17 Status with Season on the Line

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys stands on the sidelines with head coach Jason Garrett as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. Romo hurt his right hand in the first quarter and sat out the rest of the game.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJanuary 1, 2012

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to start in Sunday's game against the New York Giants after bruising his throwing hand in Week 16.

According to Steve Wyche of NFL.com, a team source said Romo's hand has been healing and he isn't expected to be limited.

Given the Cowboys are battling for the NFC East and a playoff berth on Sunday against the Giants, that's certainly a good sign.

Romo threw just two passes before injuring his right hand against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 16, banging it on a defender's helmet as he completed his throwing motion. He had tossed for eight touchdowns and zero interceptions in his previous three games.

The Cowboys are going to need the Romo from those three games instead of the one who has been wildly inconsistent throughout his career. The Cowboys not only face a Giants team that just blasted the New York Jets, 29-14, they have to march into the hostile MetLife Stadium.

The Giants defense does most of its damage because of the pressure defenders put on the quarterback. The Giants have racked up 41 sacks this season, sixth in the NFL, and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has had 15.5 of them.

Pressuring Romo and ensuring he takes some hits in this game could help the Giants pull away from the Cowboys and go on to the playoffs.

Then again, Romo has shown in the past that he can make poor decisions without any pressure, so it all depends on which Tony Romo shows up on Sunday.

One thing's for sure, though: He will show up.

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