Around The Web: Thursday Morning Headlines

IRVING, Texas – Jason Garrett, by admission, isn’t a stat guy. He knows numbers can get twisted and bent to fit certain theories about a football team, but they often ring hollow. They don’t always contribute to the supreme stat: the NFL standings. Wins and losses.

Growing up in El Paso, Cardinals quarterback John Skelton couldn’t escape Cowboys fans, but that doesn’t mean he joined them. While some of Skelton’s friends and his mother were Dallas fans, Skelton sided with his father, who is from Oklahoma and dislikes everything Cowboys.

IRVING, Texas — Dallas Cowboys starting running back Marion Barber said he expects to play Christmas night at the Arizona Cardinals after missing the previous three games with a calf strain. Barber was a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. Barber would not discuss how he’s been feeling the last few days or what his role might be on Saturday night.

IRVING, Texas — Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer, who spent the early seasons of his career as a proud pupil of Jon Kitna, predicted great success last season for Tony Romo, on one condition: Romo needed to listen to his wise, old backup. If listening to Kitna can be so valuable, how much can a franchise quarterback benefit from watching the 38-year-old operate?

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