London, England (SportsNetwork.com) – Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo
returned to practice on Thursday for the first time since suffering a back
injury 10 days ago.
As he usually does, Romo missed Wednesday’s session as the Cowboys began
preparations for this Sunday’s game against Jacksonville in London. He has
skipped most Wednesday practices this season as part of his regular schedule
to ease the workload on his surgically repaired back.
Romo, who underwent surgery for a herniated disc in his back late last year,
again injured his back in the third quarter of an overtime loss to Washington
on Oct. 27, although he did return for the final series of regulation and
Dallas’ lone possession of overtime.
The Cowboys initially said Romo had a contusion, but further tests eventually
revealed two transverse process fractures. The transverse process is a small
bony projection off the right and left side of each vertebrae.
“Like any injury, we have to get out test it out and see what you can do, push
it a little bit,” said Romo, who indicated he still has soreness and will
continue treatment each day. “At the same time, you have to be smart.”
Romo missed last Sunday’s game against Arizona and Brandon Weeden struggled in
a 28-17 loss to the Cardinals.
After Romo took part in the Cowboys’ meetings and walk-through at the hotel on
Wednesday, Weeden took the first-team reps in practice.
Weeden would again be the starter on Sunday if Romo is unable to play, but
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones expects his three-time Pro Bowl
quarterback to be on the field.
“I’m anticipating him playing, there’s no reason to think that he won’t,” said
Jones on Thursday. “My expectations are for him to play.”
Romo was in pads while speaking with the media on Thursday and didn’t appear
comfortable, looking stiff at the podium. He didn’t give any indication as to
whether he would play on Sunday, saying only he would be taking a “day-by-day”
“It’s improving each day,” he added. “I think if we do something positive each
day, there’s a good chance.
“If you’re always waiting until you feel great to play, you’ll only play a
couple of games a year. You compete, you go play. There’s guys who are banged
up every week and go play. No one cares (if you’re hurt) when you step out on
the field on Sunday, you just go out and play.”
If Romo is unable to play Sunday, he’ll have extra time to rest with the
Cowboys on their bye next week.