The Cowboys are leaning toward playing quarterback Tony Romo in Sunday's game at Philadelphia, but injuries to the offensive line will help make the final determination, sources said.
Left tackle Tyron Smith will not play after aggravating his right knee injury against the Lions on Monday night. Left guard Ron Leary, who didn't practice this week, is questionable. So the Cowboys want to be cautious with putting Romo — injured in three of the past five games he has played, including preseason — behind a makeshift offensive line.
ESPN reported Friday morning that Romo would play for the first time since Thanksgiving Day 2015. But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said his staff will meet Saturday to formulate their final plans.
"Tony, like with all of our players, we haven't made those determinations," Garrett said. "The team has done a really good job of staying locked in on what we need to do."
The Cowboys will make three quarterbacks active for the first time this season, with rookie Dak Prescott making his 16th start of the season. Third-stringer Mark Sanchez, inactive the past six games, also is expected to play.
"Tony got some work; Sanchez got some work; Dak got some work," Garrett said of practice repetitions this week. "Guys at other positions got a lot work."
Tom Brady said wide receiver Michael Floyd's fast-paced introduction to the complicated New England offense is coming along well.
"He's worked really hard to try to get up to speed," the quarterback said Friday. "… It's been good to see his commitment, and hopefully he can go out there and play confident and, like all of us, try to go get a win. "
Floyd, picked up by the Patriots after the Cardinals released him following his DUI arrest in Arizona, caught one pass in the Patriots' 41-3 blowout of the New York Jets last weekend. His contributions could increase Sunday in Miami, with rookie receiver Malcolm Mitchell questionable after missing practice all week with a knee injury.
Floyd, a former Cretin-Derham Hall star, has been putting in extra time with third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett. "It's going well," Floyd said. "I'm getting more comfortable with the offense every single day, so that's a good thing."
Two Chiefs fined
Two Chiefs players were fined a total of $30,385 for their actions in Kansas City's victory over the Denver Broncos last week.
Defensive tackle Chris Jones was fined $18,231 for his forearm shiver to quarterback Trevor Siemian well after the ball was thrown.
Also docked was Chiefs tight end Demetrius Harris ($12,154) for using the football as a prop and pretending to putt with it after catching defensive tackle Dontari Poe's 2-yard touchdown toss in the closing minutes.
Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane was hit with the biggest fine of Week 16 — $27,236 — for a hit on Cardinals tight end Jermaine Gresham, who was docked $12,154 for taunting after the play.
Jets right tackle Brandon Shell was fined $9,115 for a facemask penalty during Malcom Butler's interception return against New England.
• Defensive end Michael Bennett agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Seahawks, his agent confirmed on Twitter. The deal will reportedly be worth up to $31.5 million.
• The NFL will supply the coaching staffs for the teams in the East-West Shrine Game from among league assistant coaches whose teams do not advance to the playoffs. Game officials from the league also will work the contest, which features some of college football's top draft prospects playing Jan. 21 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
• Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis said he will retire following Indianapolis' game against visiting Jacksonville on Sunday. Mathis, 35, spent all 14 of his NFL seasons with the Colts, and his 122 career sacks are a franchise record.
• Suspended Oakland Raiders pass rusher Aldon Smith will not be reinstated this season. An NFL spokesman said that the league has deferred a decision on his petition for reinstatement and will not begin consideration of it until March. He had been suspended in November 2015 for violating the league's policy on substance abuse.
• Jets running back Matt Forte was ruled out for Sunday's game against the visiting Bills with a knee injury. Forte had been playing with a torn meniscus in his right knee but sat out last week at New England because of the knee and a sore shoulder. He had a team-leading 813 yards rushing and seven touchdowns, along with 30 receptions for 263 yards and a score.
• The Chargers said running back Melvin Gordon will not play Sunday against the visiting Chiefs. He was carted off the field Dec. 11 at Carolina with leg and hip injuries. He rushed for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.