NFL notebook: Report: Romo has back fractures
Multiple sources reported Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has two fractures in his transverse process, but it is possible he still could play Sunday against the Cardinals. The injury is not related to his previous back surgeries.
The transverse process is a small bone that sticks out of either side of the vertebrae.
Romo suffered a back injury Monday night against the Redskins when he was hit on a sack. He took a pain-killing shot to return late in the game. He didn’t practice this week and was listed as questionable.
Cowboys sign Brent to extension
Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent still is serving a 10-game suspension and has not played in 23 months. But sources said Brent signed a one-year contract extension with the team through the 2015 season.
Brent, 26, returned to practice this week and drew rave reviews from owner Jerry Jones.
Earlier this year, Brent was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years of probation after he was convicted of intoxication manslaughter, the charge he faced for the death of practice squad linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. in a December 2012 crash.
Kelly now battling MRSA
Jim Kelly successfully fought off cancer, but now he’s in another battle. The Hall of Fame quarterback revealed to the Miami Herald this week that he’s battling a MRSA infection. Kelly, who was declared cancer-free in September, still has to get a bi-monthly MRI, and that’s when the infection was discovered.
Around the league
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin returned to work following the death of his father. Philbin missed two days of practice to be with his father, who died Friday night in Massachusetts. … The Jets signed quarterback Matt Simms from the practice squad. … The Buccaneers activated running back Charles Sims, a WVU product, from the injured reserve-designated to return list.