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NFL notes: Redskins' Hall says he'll target Romo's ribs

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo tried to get up after being knocked to the ground by 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers  during the second quarter of Dallas' come-from-behind victory.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo tried to get up after being knocked to the ground by 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers during the second quarter of Dallas' come-from-behind victory. AP

Tony Romo has a fractured rib. DeAngelo Hall sees it as a bull's-eye.

The Washington Redskins cornerback said Wednesday he's hoping the Dallas Cowboys quarterback plays when the NFC East rivals meet Monday — if only for the chance to inflict more damage.

"Absolutely. I want to get a chance to put my helmet on whatever's hurt," Hall said. "Romo's ribs — I'm going to be asking for some corner blitzes. If I know Felix Jones' shoulder's hurt, I'm not going to cut him. I'm definitely going to try to hit him up high, so that's just part of it.

"If you know something's wrong with an opponent, you're going to try to target in on that. We're going to try to definitely get as many hats on that team as possible."

Romo suffered a fractured rib and punctured lung at San Francisco on Sunday, but he returned to the game to lead an overtime win.

The Cowboys had an extra day off Wednesday, but Dallas Coach Jason Garrett told Redskins reporters on a conference call that he remains hopeful that Romo will play against Washington.

"I think he's doing fine," Garrett said. "He got knocked around a little bit on Sunday, but he's getting his rehab and hopefully he'll be ready to play for this ballgame. We'll take it day to day, the next few days."

Garrett gave no specific updates on the other notable Cowboys injuries. Receiver Miles Austin aggravated a hamstring injury Sunday, starting center Phil Costa reinjured his right knee, receiver Dez Bryant has been out with a bruised thigh, and running back Jones has the ailing shoulder.

Hall was asked if Romo should just go ahead and put a target on the rib that was broken.

"He ain't got to," Hall said. "I already know where it is. We'll be all right. We find it. I'll find it."

Bengals' Caldwell to start

Andre Caldwell was delighted when he checked into the Cincinnati Bengals training camp in July and discovered he'd been assigned Chad Ochocinco's old room No. 113.

The receiver took it as a sign that he was finally going to get a chance to start.

"I feel like this is the start of the Caldwell Era for me," he said, that sunny July day in Georgetown.

It's taken three games and one injury for that era to arrive. The fourth-year receiver will get a lot more time now that Jordan Shipley is out for the season with a knee injury. Shipley had been the primary slot receiver, splitting time with Caldwell.

"I've been looking for a chance," Caldwell said Wednesday. "I've got my shot right now. I can't let it get away from me.

"People always put me on the back burner, but I always keep fighting, keep going. I've got my chance, and now have to make the most of it."

Caldwell was a third-round pick out of Florida in 2008, expected to contribute quickly with his ability to turn short catches into long gains. He was a backup his first two seasons.

When Antonio Bryant couldn't play in training camp last year because of a bad knee, Caldwell thought he'd finally get his chance to line up across from Chad Ochocinco. Instead, the Bengals signed Terrell Owens, and Caldwell became a backup again.

It was tough to handle.

"I get a little discouraged, but don't let it show," Caldwell said. "I let my game talk for me, and that's what I'm going to do the next couple Sundays."

Jaguars switch to Gabbert

The Jacksonville Jaguars have their third starting quarterback in 15 days.

Coach Jack Del Rio named rookie Blaine Gabbert the starter Wednesday, switching signal callers three days after Luke McCown threw four interceptions against the Jets.

The move comes a little more than a week after Del Rio released veteran starter David Garrard following a poor pre-season and a three-interception practice.

Gabbert will make his first start Sunday at Carolina.

"He's a big strong kid who's really been kind of a star quarterback his whole life," Del Rio said. "We think he has a chance to be a franchise-type quarterback. He's getting a chance now to be our starting quarterback and become that guy."

Around the league

Giants: Wide receiver Domenik Hixon will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second straight year.

"It kind of still feels like a dream," said Hixon, who said he was stunned when told he tore his ACL again. "It's another long road, but I'll put the work back in and come back better than before."

Hixon was hurt Monday night making a juggling catch on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning in the Giants' 28-16 win over the St. Louis Rams.

"I just thank God I caught it and kind of contributed to the win and just hanging out on the sidelines, just different little things like that," Hixon said. "It felt good being back. That'll just be more motivation to come back again."

Patriots: New England placed defensive lineman Myron Pryor on injured reserve, ending his season. Pryor, the Patriots' sixth-round draft choice out of Kentucky in 2009, hurt his shoulder in the first half against San Diego.

Eagles: Quarterback Michael Vick took part in a morning walkthrough on Wednesday, and there is a chance he will play against the Giants on Sunday.

Vick suffered a concussion in Philadelphia's 35-31 loss to the Falcons in Atlanta on Sunday night, and was forced to leave the game in the second half.

Chiefs: Kansas City placed running back Jamaal Charles on injured reserve Wednesday, officially ending the season for one of the most dynamic playmakers in the NFL.

Charles tore the ACL in his left knee in the first quarter of Sunday's blowout loss to the Lions.

49ers: Wide receiver Braylon Edwards underwent a surgical procedure on his injured right knee and will be out for a while, though Coach Jim Harbaugh refused to speculate or provide further details.

Bills: Wide receiver Steve Johnson missed practice to rest a nagging groin injury as Buffalo prepared to host AFC East rival New England this weekend.

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