LONDON - Tony Romo practiced Thursday for the first time since arriving in London, and the Dallas Cowboys quarterback says his injured back is getting better. Rashad Fenton Jersey .Romo missed last Sundays loss to the Arizona Cardinals because of his third back injury in 18 months. He skipped Wednesdays practice following the teams arrival Tuesday.Well keep taking it day by day and just see what happens, Romo said. Its improving each day and I think we did some things today that were positive. Just keep going in that direction, I think well have a good chance (of playing Sunday).The Cowboys (6-3) play the Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) at Wembley Stadium in the last of three regular-season games in London this year. They have lost their last two games, however, with backup Brandon Weeden playing last weekend.Romo has fractures in two small bones in his back. The injury is unrelated to a herniated disk last year or to off-season surgery to remove a cyst earlier in 2013.The quarterback said Thursday he was still a little sore, but called it normal stuff and said his back loosened up during practice.If youre always waiting to feel great to play in every game you play in, youre only going to play a couple of games a year, he said. The best players are the guys who are able to play at the same level with stuff going on.Even though Romo practiced, Dallas coach Jason Garrett is still not sure who will start.We would never put a player in harms way. Obviously its a very physical sport that we play, Garrett said. He (Romo) has to be functional. He has to be able to protect himself.Against the Cardinals, Weeden threw two interceptions and had one late touchdown. So for the Cowboys, who have a bye next week, getting Romo on the field is a priority if they want to end the two-game losing streak.Even if he is in a little pain.No one cares once you actually step on the field on Sunday whether youre banged up or not, Romo said. Its just about what you do when youre out there.Each day you just get incrementally better, you improve. Im feeling better. I think its getting to a point where you can manage it.Cowboys owner Jerry Jones watched practice and said Romo had a comfortable flight to London.Im anticipating him playing, he said. Have no reason to think that he wont.___Online:AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL Len Dawson Jersey .J. -- Rampage Jackson scowled, howled, then bellowed to the crowd: "Im back! Im back!" With rebuilt knees and a new promotion, Jackson might have one more act left in MMA. Morris Claiborne Jersey . The Montreal Canadiens goaltender has won three of his four games since returning from a lower-body injury that kept him out from the end of the Olympic break until March 15.TAMPA, Fla. - Cedric Paquette is on a hot streak after a long scoring drought.Paquette had three goals, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-1 on Thursday night for their franchise-record ninth consecutive home win.I couldnt have been happier for Ceddy Paquette, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. He was feeling it tonight. Hes earned it. That kids been gaming it out forever for us, trying to find his way.Steven Stamkos and Mark Barberio also scored for the Lightning, who leapfrogged the Red Wings into first place in the Atlantic Division by a point. Jonathan Drouin and Alex Killorn had two assists apiece.Tampa Bay took a 4-1 lead at 11:03 of the second when Paquette completed his first hat trick from the right circle during a short-handed 2-on-1. The centre has four goals in the past two games after going 29 straight without one.It feels good, Paquette said. Twenty-nine games without a goal, its tough to accept. I kept working hard and the goal came.Darren Helm scored for Detroit, which had won six in a row.Im not looking to blame anyone because what we do here is we win together and we lose together and we move on, coach Mike Babcock said.Paquette opened the scoring 2:03 into the game when he used his backhand to beat Petr Mrazek on a rebound. His right-circle goal gave Tampa Bay a 2-1 lead with 36.2 seconds left in the first.Stamkos made 3-1 on his 27th goal, a power-play drive from the left circle at 4:18 of the second.Helm tied it at 1 when he beat Ben Bishop from the slot at 11:59 of the firstt. Kevin Ross Jersey. Pavel Datsyuk got his 553rd assist on the play, lifting him into a tie for 100th place on the NHLs career list with Mike Bossy and Thomas Steen.Bishop made a glove save on Riley Sheahans breakaway late in the first. He finished with 27 stops while improving to 6-1-0 against the Red Wings.We can only cheat ourselves for so long, Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall said. Theres a lot of things that need to be better. The first period was pretty good. After that, it kind of went downhill.Barberio stopped a 26-game goal drought, dating to March 8, late in the second.Mrazek, filling for injured goalies Jimmy Howard (groin) and Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder), gave up five goals on 15 shots in two periods. Tom McCollum stopped all 17 shots he faced in the third.Youve got to give him credit, Babcock said of Mrazek. Hes a kid whos gone 10-4-1. Hes got NHL moxie. Hes still got to work at his skill level, and hes a pup. Hes a kid. He spent five years in the minors. Thats just the process for a goaltender.Howard is expected to miss at least a couple more weeks, while Gustavsson might soon be ready for a minor league rehab assignment.NOTES: Paquette had five goals over five games before his 29-game drought. ... Datsyuk tied Ted Lindsay for 11th place on the Red Wings games played list with 862. ... Detroit RW Tomas Jurco returned after missing eight games with an injured back. ... Red Wings D Jakub Kindl, who missed 12 games due to an elbow injury, was activated from injured reserve but was scratched. ' ' '
undays loss to the Arizona Cardinals
undays loss to the Arizona Cardinals