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Tony Romo looks 'fantastic,' according to Cowboys defenders

FRISCO, Texas -- Until Tony Romo gets on the field in game action, the biggest impression he can make is against the Dallas Cowboys' defense.

Romo ran the scout team in 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 work on Wednesday, giving the defense looks from the Pittsburgh Steelers offense.

“He looks great,” linebacker Sean Lee said. “I mean he looks like he hasn’t missed a beat. His ability to throw the ball, I always say I’ve been here seven years and I haven’t been near a football when he goes against us just because of how great he is with this eyes, how quick he is with his release. It’s amazing taking the time off, he looks fantastic, like he hasn’t missed any time.”

Romo was listed as a full participant in practice for the first time this season Wednesday, which is a sign he is closer to potentially being active in a game -- if not start -- for the first time this year. He was listed as limited twice last week as he continues to return from a compression fracture in his back suffered Aug. 25.

Cornerback Brandon Carr said Romo looked like he has “got some juice to him.”

The backup quarterbacks do not get any work with the first-team offense on Wednesday or Thursday. This season, Mark Sanchez has received on drive in each Friday practice this season.

“You’re getting a real look,” Carr said. “He’s a guy that’s going to look you off. He’s going to change plays at the line of scrimmage, like a real football game. You’re getting as close to a Sunday look as you can with a scout-team quarterback.”