Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo seems to be over the midweek illness that caused him to miss a day of practice.

"I think he's feeling all right now," coach Wade Phillips said yesterday. "He was maybe a little weak yesterday, but he's doing a lot better today. I think he'll be ready to go."

Romo was sent home with medicine to treat flulike symptoms Wednesday. He returned to practice Thursday, and worked out again yesterday as Dallas finished preparing for a pivotal game tomorrow against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys (9-6) are guaranteed a playoff spot with a victory, certain to miss the playoffs with a loss.

Phillips said running back Marion Barber will remain a game-time decision because of a dislocated toe that's limited him to 2 yards on 10 carries over the last two games. He also missed the game before that. He was listed on the injury report as doubtful after being limited in practice.

Tight end Jason Witten was limited, too, because of a sprained left ankle, but is among several players listed as probable.

"I think he'll play, but to what extent, we'll have to see," Phillips said.

Also yesterday, the Cowboys put receiver Isaiah Stanback on injured reserve because of a shoulder problem. Tight end Rodney Hannah moved up from the practice squad to take his place.

Meanwhile, Phillips will be back as coach next season, and Jason Garrett will remain in charge of the offense, regardless of whether the team makes the playoffs, club owner Jerry Jones said.

"The coaches are in place. I've said that. How can I be any clearer?" Jones said. "Look, I've said that our coaching staff, as far as I'm concerned, is in place. I just want to make the statement rather than answer questions, because your questions imply certain things that I don't want to imply."


* Injured Patriots quarterback Tom Brady proposed to Gisele Bundchen on a private jet on Christmas Eve, and she accepted, according to They flew from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Boston.

In football news, linebacker Tedy Bruschi is expected to miss his third straight game because of a knee injury. Listed as questionable were defensive ends Richard Seymour (back), James Sanders (abdomen) and Lewis Sanders (groin) and defensive tackle Ty Warren (groin).

The Patriots can win the AFC East with a victory tomorrow over the host Bills and a Miami loss to the Jets.

* With the New York Jets struggling down the stretch and on the outside of the playoff picture, frustrated fans are flooding sports talk shows and message boards with heavy criticism of coach Eric Mangini.

"It's inherent with what we do," Mangini said. "It's part of what we do. I appreciate that. It's not anything that's a surprise in terms of analysis, discussing the team and all the things related to the team. That's usually how it goes. I appreciate the fans' passion and interests. I get that.

"What I'm trying to do and what we're always trying to do is moving forward and beat the next opponent. That's what we focus on."

The Jets (9-6) need to beat the Dolphins tomorrow and have New England or Baltimore lose to even get into the postseason.

Mangini is 23-25 in three seasons, including a playoff loss at New England 2 years ago.

* San Francisco 49ers interim coach Mike Singletary was noncommittal when asked whether offensive coordinator Mike Martz would return to the club with him next season. Singletary, 4-4 since taking over the 49ers (6-9) from fired coach Mike Nolan on Oct. 20, is widely expected to get the permanent job early next week.

* The Tennessee Titans could be without as many as seven players for the season finale against Indianapolis: linebacker David Thornton (hip), cornerback Nick Harper (groin) and defensive end Dave Ball (back) are doubtful after not practicing Wednesday or yesterday. Additionally, running back LenDale White did not practice all week because of illness and will be questionable. Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin), defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (knee) and center Kevin Mawae (elbow) are out.

Meanwhile, the NFL fined Pro Bowl cornerback Cortland Finnegan $10,000 for grabbing the open part of the helmet in tackling a Steelers player last week.

* Chicago Bears safety Mike Brown will miss the rest of the season because of a calf injury. *