Even though the Washington Redskins are 4-10, defensive end Andre Carter said he wont miss a game despite tearing his left biceps in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 45-12 pasting by the New York Giants.
"I want to be out there with the guys," said Carter, who felt a pop when the injury occurred. "It's Cowboys week. As a team, I want to finish these last two games strong."
Seeing fellow end Phillip Daniels play with the same injury the past nine games gives Carter confidence that he can be effective and tolerate the pain. He was limited in practice all week but should be ready for Sunday night's home game against Dallas.
"You gotta be smart, but toughness is either in you or it's not," said Carter, who leads NFC defensive linemen with 59 tackles and is tied for sixth in the NFL with 11 sacks. "I have a high tolerance for pain. I've seen Phil play with this. And this isn't as bad as the back I had in San Francisco when I was dealing with the sciatic nerve, or the plantar fasciitis I had last year. This is the bronze medalist."
Jim Zorn knows about toughness; he was sacked 201 times in 126 games at quarterback for Seattle from 1976 to 1983. And the coach is still impressed by the character of his starting ends.
"This game is played by tough men," he said. "They could just sit around all week, but they get out there and work. With a torn biceps tendon -- a fresh torn biceps tendon in the case of Andre -- its incredible. Its just part of their makeup, part of their grit. You could certainly understand them just taking a break, but they won't. They want to play."
Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware played last Saturday against New Orleans just six days after being carted off the field with what appeared to be a serious neck injury. Ware didn't start but still sacked Drew Brees twice as the Cowboys surprised the Saints.
"It didn't bother me at all," Ware said. "What bothered me was going out on a stretcher. It was weird. That night, probably 4 o'clock in the morning, I took that neck brace off. I thought, 'This thing is hurting my neck more than anything,' so I took it off. I passed the tests the next day."
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips was blown away by Ware's ability to play against the Saints. He was just hoping the 27-year-old's career hadnt ended after five seasons. "It was something like I had never seen before," Phillips said.
Thomas unlikely to play
Redskins receiver Devin Thomas missed a third straight practice Friday with the sprained right ankle he suffered against the Giants. He's doubtful for the Dallas game. If Thomas cant go, Malcolm Kelly would start in his place.
For a second straight day, cornerback DeAngelo Hall missed practice with the right knee injury that kept him out three games before he returned Monday. Fred Smoot would start if Hall, who's questionable, can't play.
Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin, who didn't play against the Giants with a sprained shoulder, took full practice Friday and is expected to start Sunday. The same goes for tackle Stephon Heyer (left knee), who fully participated for a third straight day.
Punter Hunter Smith (groin) is questionable. If he can't go, kicker Graham Gano would do double duty.