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Romo ready to get Cowboys rolling

Tony Romo laughed at the notion his return to the Dallas lineup will be the complete cure for the struggling Cowboys.

"We will find out on Sunday," Romo said. "A lot of different people may have gotten to a point where they feel we might not have a chance to do what we hoped to do at the beginning of the year. ... I think that is something that can bring a team together."

The Cowboys (5-4) have gone from Super Bowl favorites to third place in the NFC East by losing four of their last six. They are 1-2 since Romo broke the pinkie on his throwing hand but had the same record in the three games before he got hurt.

Romo is ready to get back on the field Sunday night when the Cowboys play the Redskins in Washington. Romo doesn't expect the pinkie to be a problem.

"It's getting better," Romo said. "Every day it gets a little better, and I'm confident that I'll feel pretty good for the game."

Asked what the pinkie might keep him from doing, Romo responded, "I don't know that there will be anything."

Romo said there is a "little bit of pain" taking snaps from center but described that as "no different than having a little bruise or something. You just play through it."

Bucs activate 'Cadillac'

Tampa Bay running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams is returning from a career-threatening knee injury that's sidelined him for more than a year.

The Buccaneers activated Williams from the reserve physically unable to perform list before practice Wednesday, and he could get some playing time this week against the Vikings. The fourth-year pro has been out since September 2007, when he tore the patellar tendon in his right knee against the Panthers.

Around the league

Vikings: Cornerback Charles Gordon is preparing for surgery on his broken left ankle. Coach Brad Childress said Wednesday it will take about five months before the defensive back and punt returner is back to full speed. Gordon suffered the gruesome injury on Sunday when a Packers defender rolled up on his ankle during a punt return.

Lions: Quarterback Daunte Culpepper will start for the second straight week. Culpepper was 5-for-10 for 104 yards in his Detroit debut against the Jaguars. The Lions cut quarterback Drew Henson, parting ways with the former Michigan quarterback and Yankees prospect.

Chargers: Running back Michael Bennett signed with San Diego, hours after being released by the Buccaneers.

Bills: Safety Donte Whitner's return to practice 10 days after separating his right shoulder opened the possibility he could play against the Browns on Monday night.

Rams: Coach Jim Haslett said he'd probably decide Thursday whether running back Steven Jackson will play this weekend.

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