IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo expects to take part in Sunday nights showdown with the New York Giants with the NFC East title on the line. The Dallas Cowboys quarterback was limited in practice Wednesday because of his still-swollen bruised right hand, though he did throw several passes. On a conference call with the New York media, Romo said the swelling was subsiding more each day and that he expects to play against the Giants. He doesnt anticipate wearing a glove in the game. "Today was good. I was able to do some things with the ball that we werent sure about, so it was a good start to the week," Romo said. "We are going to keep working on it and get all the treatment and stuff. We should be good to go for this weekend." His coach was more reserved about Romos availability. Jason Garrett said it was still early and the Cowboys were hoping to get Romo "some more work (Thursday), and hell get himself ready to play in the game." The coach said the biggest issue was to get the swelling down. "It seemed like he was able to throw the ball OK, but he still needs to make some progress with that thing, (his) hand is still swollen. Typically, he gets a full complement of reps, he didnt get all the reps." The winner of Sunday nights regular season finale, a matchup of 8-7 teams, clinches the NFC East title and a home playoff game in the wild-card round the following weekend. Tight end Jason Witten and receiver Laurent Robinson said the passes Romo threw in practice were good. Witten is one of the quarterbacks best friends, teammates in Dallas throughout their nine NFL seasons. "Tony did good. I thought he was throwing the ball well. I couldnt tell any difference," Witten said. "Youd probably have to ask him about the details, but I thought from the receiving end of it, he was as good as he always is. "I would be hard pressed to see him not playing. Anyone who knows what he is about, knows hes going to play." Romo usually does his weekly session with Cowboys media Thursdays and wasnt in the locker room when it was open Wednesday. Romo got hurt on the opening series Saturday against Philadelphia when he banged his throwing hand against the helmet of a defender while following through on a pass. He never returned to the game. "He has progressed since the game, so well see how he responds to the work he got (Wednesday)," Garrett said, not going into specifics about what and how much Romo did. "I thought he had a good day. ... He seemed fairly functional with the stuff that he was able to do." Stephen McGee, who finished Saturdays game, also took snaps with the first-team offence. Reporters were only allowed to watch a few minutes of the early portion of practice. During that time, Romo made some soft tosses without wearing any kind of protection. When the team gathered for stretching, Romo slipped a black glove on his right hand. 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Its a helpless feeling as a coach when you have a team that thinks that they can beat folks with talent and not have to do the work to win. He was scrambling, trying to mix and match combinations and burn timeouts to give wake up calls, yet in the end, a terrific desperate effort came up short. As you can tell, I havent even mentioned Xs and Os once and dont have to or plan to - thats not the issue here, nor is it talent. To sum it up, winning is really, really, really hard to do, but losing is really easy. Youre a 20-20 club. Do you want to be mediocre or average or do you want to accomplish something? Its gut-check time and theres a very simple solution to the problem: Respect your opponent, have top-notch attention to detail, compete with great passion and stay committed to the team concept. You do that and youll be fine. If you dont, there will be changes. The trade deadline is 30 days away. You dont want to get stuck in no mans land. You gave away three games in the past six days to teams that are banged up with slightly inferior talent levels and you have to wonder about the direction you want to take this. I love what general manager Masai Ujiri has done with this whole thing, being patient with the process. Its all on the players now. Its time to produce and, more importantly, learn from this experience and, if you do have success again, dont let these things happen again. You cant stay like this - either cross the line and be a consistently good team with great habits or make changes. The clock is ticking now. 2. HERE THEY COME: Hearing footsteps yet? Im sure youve all noticed that the Atlanta Hawks have gotten the third seed back in its possession and the Brooklyn Nets are now breathing right down the Raptors backs with Deron Williams back in the line-up, as well as a huge game on Monday between the Raptors and Nets in Brooklyn coming up. And dont sleep on the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls, either. Theyre both 20-20 and not going away. The Raptors had a chance to make hay against weak competition and didnt do it. Things get tougher and tougher now. Can they still win the Atlantic? Sure. Can they get the #3 seed? Sure. If, and its a big if, they play the way theyre capable of playing. Excellence is a habit, not an act. This is a nice test coming up and well all find out in the next few weeks what theyre all about.dddddddddddd I think they can do it. Its a good group of guys with enough talent that get more than a good share of the coaching and leadership they need to be successful. Theyve now put themselves into a "backs are against the wall" scenario and maybe thats what this team needs and I cant wait to find out. The middle part of the schedule is when the distancing starts to happen. Who will fight and contend and who will fade away and make plans for golf and the beach for mid-April? The Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat already know what their spring plans are, but the rest of the East is in complete flux. It is all starting to take shape now and the competition is on. 3. NICK YOUNG (Lakers): This guy can flat out score. He torched the Raptors on Sunday with some ridiculous shots and then drops 31 against a terrific Bulls defence on Monday. Hes one of those guys that will always have a job because its hard to find guys who can heat up like him and bring you back into a game. His defence and maturity are areas you wonder about sometimes, but he is a talented guy who has some high octane ability. He creates his own shot quite well and shoots it from distance effectively. Hes able to get to the foul line and has good creativity with his ball skills. He seems to wear out his welcome eventually, but while you have him, he gets you the numbers, thats for sure. 4. 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Hes a winner in every sense and doesnt get enough credit for this, but hes a really good passer. Hes a smart player who makes the right play next in your offensive sequence. Hes got a bigger piece of the puzzle in the Bulls scheme now with Deng in Cleveland and hes responding. Noah is not a bad guy to bank on. And, by the way, Im happy for former Raptor DJ Augustin. Hes found a home with this Bulls team and playing pretty well. Hes a good guy who has the talent to help you win.Im glad its worked out for him. ' ' '