“I think every injury is different, so everybody wants to say, ‘Well, you rushed him back last time and he got hurt,’” Jones said. “I think unfortunately it was a tough lick there that happened to hit him just right again. At the same time we’re not going to unless he’s ready and the doctors feel he’s ready, then we won’t push it.”
There’s no update on a return date for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, but ESPN.com’s Todd Archer reports that the veteran signal-caller is recovering nicely from the compression fracture in his back. The 36-year-old even went as far as to throw some passes before last weekend’s victory over the Redskins.
“He’ll just keep doing more unless there’s something that concerns us, but right now everything is looking great,” executive vice president Stephen Jones told Archer, “and he’s feeling good and certainly feels good about the progress he’s making.”
Romo was injured midway through the preseason, and the quarterback was originally given a six- to 10-week recovery timetable. Instead of placing Romo on the injured reserve (and opening an additional roster spot), the team kept the veteran on their roster with the hope that he’d be back in early November. There was initially hope that Romo could return for his team’s Oct. 30 game against the Eagles, but Archer notes that the following week’s contest against the Browns may be more realistic. Of course, Jones wasn’t eager to declare a definitive timeframe for Romo’s return.
“There’s a good chance you’ll probably see him practice and he may not play in a game in terms of contact,” Jones said. “Now, we’ve got to manage through that as we get closer to that time.”
Romo only played in four games in 2015, tossing five touchdowns and seven interceptions. He played 15 games in 2014, completing nearly 70-percent of his throws for 3,705 yards, 34 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. Rookie Dak Prescott has filled in admirably for Romo through two games, leading the Cowboys to a 1-1 record.
As Archer notes, the team may have rushed Romo back too quickly last season. After missing seven games with a broken collarbone, the quarterback returned for only two contests before breaking the same bone. Fortunately, considering Prescott’s success so far, the team has no reason to rush back their veteran leader.