IRVING, Texas -- Just because Tony Romo is throwing again in practice, it doesn’t mean the Dallas Cowboys quarterback would have been cleared to play this week had the team not placed him on the injured reserve/designated to return list.
“We don’t think so,” coach Jason Garrett said. “Again, it’s a process of the bone healing and that just simply takes time. We allocated that amount of time because that’s really what was prescribed for him to heal in coming back from that injury. All signs have been that he’s handled everything up to this point pretty well. He had a good day (Wednesday) and we’ll just keep taking his situation day by day going forward.”
Romo suffered a broken left collarbone in the Cowboys’ Week 2 win against the Philadelphia Eagles. Per the injured reserve rules, he could not practice until six weeks had passed and he cannot play until Nov. 22 against the Miami Dolphins.
The Cowboys are fully confident Romo will be able to play in that game.
Romo did not throw during the open portion of practice Thursday, as he did on Wednesday. Even when he has been healthier, Romo did not work three straight days during the week. He normally would sit out Wednesday practices when he was starting. Romo has been able to continue to strengthen his back during the time off because of the collarbone.
He is expected to throw again Friday, but Garrett said Romo looked good for his limited amount of work Wednesday.
“A lot of progress has been made with his rehab,” Garrett said. “He doesn’t look like he’s not able to function throwing the football. He looks comfortable out there. Obviously he hasn’t thrown a ball in a little while. ... But again, it was a good start yesterday.”