Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Notes

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Romo's status unknown because of back injury

Dallas coach Jason Garrett says Tony Romo's latest back injury is unrelated to the herniated disk he suffered last season and the team is waiting on further testing to see if the quarterback will be available Sunday when it plays Arizona.

Garrett said Tuesday that Romo "seemed good" when the two talked, but he hadn't seen Romo before he went for a CT scan.

Romo suffered what Garrett called a back contusion on a sack in the third quarter of Monday night's 20-17 overtime loss to Washington. He returned for the final series of regulation and the only Dallas possession of the extra period.

Garrett said on his radio show earlier Tuesday that he anticipated Romo being ready, but was more evasive with reporters.

Griffin "very, very, very close" * Although Redskins coach Jay Gruden guided his team to its upset overtime victory on the road against Dallas on Monday night, his team's quarterback situation is murky. Robert Griffin III is eager to return from the dislocated left ankle suffered in Week 2 he said Monday he'd been targeting the Cowboys game but Colt McCoy is completing 86 percent (36 of 42) of his passes and recovered from Monday's shaky start with a strong second half and overtime.

Gruden reiterated Tuesday that Griffin will be the starter when at "100 percent," but that it's very much a judgment call among the doctors and coaches as to when the quarterback reaches that benchmark.

"I think Robert is very, very, very close," Gruden said. "We just have to decide if he's ready. Physically I think he'll be ready to go. The doctors are feeling pretty good about it. They still want to see him run around this week until they make a final determination."

Bailey to retire * Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey won't be joining the Ravens, or any other NFL team.

The 12-time Pro Bowl cornerback who is regarded as a likely future Hall of Fame selection is retiring from the NFL, his agent, Jack Reale, told The Baltimore Sun. Bailey worked out for the Ravens this month, but wasn't signed to a contract as the team instead went with Dominique Franks.

"Champ has some outstanding opportunities that he's going to pursue," Reale said in a telephone interview. …

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