There had been some speculation throughout the season that this would be the game that Tony Romo would return in. That is not the case, however, as the Cowboys opted to place the injured quarterback on injured reserve, ending his season. Jon Kitna, who has filled in admirably for Romo in this lost season, will start against the Cardinals. Teddy Williams, the "splendid sprinter," will take Romo's place on the active roster.
Marion Barber figures to return to the mix in the Dallas backfield. Jason Garrett is on record saying that Felix Jones will receive the majority of the touches and Tashard Choice will continue to receive touches, so it is unknown how prominent Barber's role will be with his return.
Dallas expects linebackers Bradie James, Keith Brooking and Sean Lee to be ready to play in Saturday's contest. Gerald Sensabaugh is also expected to play. Both Sensabaugh and Lee left Sunday's game against Washington after sustaining concussions.
Dallas' foe on Saturday boasts one of the most anemic offenses in the league. The hapless Cardinals rank 31st in the league in passing yards per game, averaging 181.6 per contest. Arizona doesn't run the ball particularly well, either: the Cards rank 30th in rushing yards per game with 86.9.
Arizona still hasn't recovered from Kurt Warner's retirement. The Cardinals will start rookie quarterback James Skelton - the third quarterback to start for Arizona this weekend - Derek Anderson and Max Hall are the other two.
Kickoff is slated for 7:30 PM EST on Christmas night. Coverage can be found on the NFL Network.