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October 30, 2012

Slipping out of their reach

(Continued)

IRVING, Texas —

Romo has already thrown an NFL-high 13 interceptions in 283 attempts, after having only 10 picks in 522 throws last season. The Cowboys have 19 total giveaways and a minus-11 turnover margin.

Asked how much turnovers have contributed to the Cowboys’ losses, Garrett responded, “I think it’s probably been the biggest single factor.”

Manning’s thumb

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos are relieved Peyton Manning wasn’t seriously injured on a hard hit by New Orleans Saints defensive end Martez Wilson.

The Broncos are expected to have the NFL look at the play from Sunday night’s game in which Manning banged his right thumb on Wilson’s helmet just before the crown of that helmet hit the quarterback in the chin.

Although no flag was thrown, it was similar to the illegal hit that cost Broncos linebacker Joe Mays a $50,000 fine and a one-game suspension last month for blasting Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

Manning acknowledged he was “probably a little bit lucky” that he banged the thumbnail and not the knuckle of his throwing hand on Wilson’s helmet.

Coach John Fox said Monday that Manning’s thumb was fine.

Saints struggling

METAIRIE, La. — Saints interim coach Joe Vitt says he has not slept at all after returning back to New Orleans early Monday morning. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo says he got only a few hours of rest.

They know they have a lot of hard work ahead of them after the Saints’ most lopsided loss in four years, 34-14 to Denver on Sunday night.

The one-dimensional Saints (2-5) learned exactly how bad they are when their passing game fails. They rank last in the NFL in rushing and according to STATS LLC, are the first team to give up 400 or more yards in seven consecutive games since 1950.

Vitt says, “Understand this, it hurts. But you have to swallow it. It’s got to go down.”

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