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December 21, 2013

It’s recovery time for Cowboys’ quarterback Romo

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IRVING, Texas —

Tight end Jason Witten has been through many more difficult times than Bryant because he came in with Romo 10 years ago. He still stands by the winning moments from Romo, and there’s evidence to back him.

Twice in a span of three games this season, Romo led flawless final drives to beat Minnesota and the New York Giants. The Cowboys were trailing the Vikings at home before that winning march, and the Giants had just pulled even in sub-freezing weather in New Jersey.

“Tony’s got thick skin,” Witten said. “You work through it and you get back at it and surround yourself with guys that you want to go prepare and play with and support you. That’s what he does.”

Romo is battling history on a couple of fronts against the Redskins.

Besides the fresh memory of the loss to the Packers, he is visiting Washington for the first time since his late interception ended any realistic hopes for a win in a playoffs-or-bust finale almost exactly a year ago.

Dallas lost that high-stakes game for the second straight year — and the third time in five seasons. And just like last year, the Cowboys have an injury-plagued defense that is the worst in franchise history.

“It’s not difficult to stay positive,” Romo said. “We’re still in this thing. For all the stuff that has happened and the way that we’ve played in different situations, I think that’s a testament to the guys and how well they’ve performed in different areas.”

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