|Posted: 09/01/10 10:05 AM|
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|Romo to sit in Cowboys' final preseason tuneup|
RVING, Texas -- Whatever improvements Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys expect to make before the regular season will have to come on the practice field.
Romo and most starters will sit out Thursday night's preseason finale against the Miami Dolphins. Like many teams, the Cowboys usually rest their first-teamers this close to the regular season to guard against injuries, but coach Wade Phillips had been tempted to send them back out for one last chance to work out their kinks -- such as Romo producing only one touchdown in four games.
We've got a lot of work to do no matter what," Phillips said. "We know that."
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Cowboys starters were outscored 20-0 against the Houston Texans on Saturday night, one week after being outplayed by the San Diego Chargers, too. Phillips insists those outings aren't a true reflection of his team because they weren't approaching the games the way they will during the regular season.
Still, Dallas' struggles have prompted a lot of scrutiny.
There are questions about whether the team is too tired from the NFL's longest training camp, which covered three cities and five weeks. There are questions about whether Phillips' approach is the right one. And, most of all, there's the question of whether this actually might be a true reflection of this team.
Linebacker Keith Brooking said the panic has spread to his household.
"My wife is freaking out," he said, laughing. "I had to sit down and have a talk with her last night. ... I was able to calm her down. She is a believer again."