Tony Romo’s return to health continued Thursday as he hit the 10-week mark in his recovery. Romo practiced on a limited basis, participating in a team period for the first time.
The Cowboys have Romo on a pitch count, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said.
Romo threw Monday and Tuesday, took Wednesday off from throwing and returned to work Thursday.
“He did quite a bit actually. All the individual,” Linehan said. “Then, he really worked with the show [or scout] teams with the seven-on-seven and one of the team periods. We were kind of on a number of passes that we thought he would get in. We’re going to do it day by day as to how he feels, as to how many throws he makes in a practice. He threw a little bit early, took a little bit of time off in between, didn’t throw, and then took a couple of periods of the show team, which was a good start for him. That’s good. Get him back out there in the swing of things.”
Linehan said the Cowboys monitor Romo day by day, adding a “period or five throws or whatever it is” if Romo feels good from the previous day.
Romo, 36, is closer to a return from the compression fracture in his back. After missing 12 games last season, twice fracturing his left collarbone, Romo has missed all seven games this season.
“It’s good for him to see what he’s done though this process to
get himself back, to be back on the field,” tight end Jason Witten said. “I know it has not been an easy road for him to take that next step and do work on the field much like last week. It’s good energy he brings. For all of us, I think there’s a respect you have for a guy we saw laying on the field in Seattle and now see, a couple of months later, he’s back in there and working his rehab. It’s good to have him out there and for this team
just to continue to move forward.”
The Cowboys expect to “ride the hot hand” at quarterback as long as Dak Prescott continues to lead them to victories. They have set no timetable for Romo’s return after initially diagnosing him with a 6-to-10-week injury.
But Romo has amped up his rehab in recent weeks.
“The way he has been working [has been impressive],” receiver Dez Bryant said. “He has been working. I will give him that. I thought I saw a couple of abs on him.”