IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo took part in Monday’s brief walk-through practice and had no issues with his back or healing left collarbone after playing Sunday for the first time in two months, according to Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett.
Officially Romo was listed as did not participate but that was based on what would have happened in a normal practice.
“It seemed like he handled the game really well,” Garrett said. “I don’t see any issues after the game. I don’t see any issues today.
The quick turnaround to Thursday’s game against the Carolina Panthers could be an issue. Romo missed two months healing and will be asked to play two games in five days.
Romo did not play well on a quick turnaround in last year’s loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He completed 18 of 29 passes for 199 yards and was held without a touchdown pass while being intercepted twice. He was also sacked four times. After that game, Romo said he did not take a pain-killing injection.
The Cowboys will not be in pads this week for practice, going through mostly walk-throughs. In a normal week, Romo would not practice on a Wednesday before taking all of the snaps Thursday and Friday. With a short week, the sessions are more mental than physical.
“He’s a lot further away from the injury -- the back injury -- so we do think he’s going to be more able to handle the consecutive days in the short week,” Garrett said.
Garrett agreed with Romo’s postgame assessment that he improved as the game went on. Romo completed nine of 12 passes in the second half. Leading into the game, Romo said he expected some rust.
“Just seeing the game, having the game slow down, trusting your reactions, trusting your instincts,” Garrett said “The more you play, the more natural it is for you. When you haven’t played in a little bit, sometimes you have to get yourself acclimated back into the game. And sometimes the looks are really clean, you see it, boom, the ball comes out of your hand. And other times, you have to kind of work your way through things. I thought he did a good job in a couple of instances, when he didn’t see it great, or might have been late to a throw, he kind of burned the ball in a real positive way for us and kind of lived for another day. I thought as the game wore on, he looked more and more like himself.”
Dez Bryant was also listed as did not participate but was on the field during the walk-through. He has been working through a knee sprain in addition his surgically-repaired right foot.
“I think he’s getting better and better,” Garrett said. “He’s doing a great job of working through a few different things, working through practice, getting himself ready to play in games. He’s a really mentally tough guy. That’s important for our football team to see him out there fighting through some different things. He’s getting better and better as he goes.”