When the Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo returns to practice it’s not often news. It is on this Thursday in London though. Romo has missed more than a week with a back injury sustained in last week’s Monday Night Football game. Even better news for Cowboys fans: Romo may play Sunday.
Romo suffered two fractures in his back while being sacked in the Cowboys’ Monday Night Football 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins in Week 8.
Romo had missed all team activities, from walkthroughs to practices, until this week. Romo traveled with the Cowboys to London for this Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on the off chance he may be able to play. Romo sat out last Sunday’s 28-17 loss to the Cardinals.
On Tuesday Romo participated in the Dallas Cowboys walkthrough in the team hotel in London. He did not practice in any non-contract or other drills. He did on Thursday however, opening the door for Romo to play this weekend.
Romo returning to be the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback Sunday would be a huge win for the Dallas faithful and could provide a great show for the NFL’s fans in London. So far this season Romo has 15 touchdown passes to just six interceptions and a passer rating of 103.6.
Romo’s return isn’t a foregone conclusion. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett didn’t confirm that Romo would play Sunday in Wembley Stadium, though Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones said Romo will play.
Romo himself was non-committal, telling ESPN “We’ll see. I think we’ll take it day by day and see what happens as we move closer. It’s improving each day. We did some things today that were a positive. If it keeps going in that direction, we’ll have a good chance.”
If he plays at all, it remains to be seen whether Romo starts this weekend or comes in off the bench.