Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo continues to progress in his recovery from a broken bone in his back and is aiming for a Week 8 or Week 9 return, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Romo has been aggressive in his workouts lately and is “throwing the ball with zip,” a source told Florio.
Romo’s absence this season hasn’t been the death knell it was last year for the Cowboys, who went 1-11 without the four-time Pro Bowler as he dealt with collarbone issues. At 4-1, the Cowboys have already matched their 2015 win total and currently sit atop the NFC East.
Romo’s backup, fourth-round rookie Dak Prescott, has been a revelation in his first NFL action. Prescott has combined for seven touchdowns (four passing, three rushing) and begun his career with a record 155 straight interception-less attempts. Moreover, the 6-foot-2, 226-pounder is third in the league in completion percentage (69.0), sixth in yards per attempt (7.99) and eighth in rating (101.5).
Despite Prescott’s success, he regards the Cowboys as “Tony’s team” and is prepared to step aside in favor of the veteran. The Cowboys, meanwhile, have insisted that Romo will regain the No. 1 job when he’s ready to return. That remains the plan, per Florio. However, owner Jerry Jones was less definitive on the subject Friday, telling 105.3 The Fan that there won’t be anything “simple” about choosing between Romo and Prescott if Dallas upends Green Bay on Sunday (Twitter link via Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram).
The Cowboys have a bye in Week 7, and depending on Romo’s health, team brass could have an intriguing decision on its hands as it prepares for the season’s second half.
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