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Cowboys get a kick out of Romo's play; Six field goals defeat Washington

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tony Romo's ribs held up just fine. So did Dan Bailey's leg.

Romo persevered through pain to lead enough deep drives to set up Bailey for six field goals, including a 40-yarder with 1:57 left to give the Cowboys an 18-16 victory over the Washington Redskins on Monday night.

Dallas' Anthony Spencer chopped the ball from Washington's Rex Grossman with 28 seconds left, and linebacker Sean Lee recovered it, setting off a celebration inside Cowboys Stadium.

Dallas coach Jason Garrett dropped to a knee and pumped his fist wildly at being 2-1 -- guaranteeing no repeat of last year's miserable 1-7 start. The Cowboys are even tied for first place in the NFC East, along with Washington (2-1), which was seeking its first 3-0 start since 2005.

"This was a great win for us," said Romo, who was 22 of 36 for 255 yards. "It was a hard, hard game. We had a million mistakes tonight. We have a lot of young guys, but they were out there for a reason. We'll get it right."

Romo lacked zip and accuracy much of the game, and he had trouble with four snaps from his new center. But he was at his best with the game on the line.

He hit Laurent Robinson for a 25-yard gain to set up Bailey's fifth field goal. He then set up the winner on third-and-21 with a scrambling 30-yarder to Dez Bryant that happened to come against cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who last week said he was hoping "to put my helmet on whatever's hurt."

The Romo-Bailey combination has worked like a charm for two straight games. Against San Francisco a week ago Sunday, Bailey made a tying field goal at the end of regulation, then the winner in overtime.

Bailey is an undrafted rookie who was named the nation's top kicker in college last season, at Oklahoma State. His other kicks Monday night covered 41 (twice), 32, 27 and 23 yards.

The big story, though, was Romo and the other Dallas players who played through pain, such as Bryant, who missed the previous game with a thigh injury, and Felix Jones, who separated a shoulder against the 49ers but ran for a career-high 115 yards and caught three passes for 40 more.

Romo was was sacked once and threw an interception that was more like a punt on a play foiled by one of several bad snaps from Phil Costa. Two shot toward Romo when he wasn't ready for them, two others were quite off-target.

"We're going to get that fixed," Romo said. "It can't happen."

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Vick may play Sunday

PHILADELPHIA -- Michael Vick went home with a broken hand and woke up with only a bad bruise.

Now that's a testament to the miracle of modern medicine. Well, not exactly.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said a CT scan Monday showed the star quarterback has a hand "contusion." Reid said X-rays taken during Philadelphia's 29-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday showed Vick may have a fracture.

"Today, he had a scan and it showed there was no break," Reid said. "It was a blood vessel sitting above the bone. That happens at times with X-rays. The blood vessel makes it look like it was a fracture. There is still a bunch of swelling. It is sensitive to the touch. The positive is there is not a fracture there."

It's uncertain if Vick, who throws left-handed, will play when the Eagles (1-2) host the San Francisco 49ers (2-1) next Sunday.

"We will see how he does over the next couple of days," Reid said. "We have to get the swelling where it is manageable and he feels comfortable. It's about the same right now, and it's not to say that he can't play with the swelling, it's just got to be where he can bend his hand where he can work with it."

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Around the league

*Tom Brady has the most yards passing for any three-week span in NFL history. The New England quarterback has thrown for 1,327 yards, surpassing the 1,257 Drew Brees compiled in 2006.

*Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has a "minor break" in his nose but has no limitations and will play in New York's next game at Baltimore, while cornerback Antonio Cromartie has a bruised lung and ribs and his playing status is uncertain.

*Tennessee receiver Kenny Britt has a torn ACL in his right knee and will need season-ending surgery. The Titans will work out receivers today.

*Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga sprained and bruised his knee in Sunday's victory at Chicago, and it's not clear if he will be able to play against Denver.

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