Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo missed his second day of practice on Thursday while still rehabbing the painful back injury he suffered in Monday’s loss the Washington Redskins.
Coach Jason Garrett said the team considers Romo day to day and has not ruled him out of the game. But he said the Cowboys have no idea if he will play against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.
Backup Brandon Weeden got the work with first-team offense again out necessity not as a strategy to confuse the Cardinals.
“We don’t know if Tony’s playing,” Garrett said. “I say this all the time with you guys. We take injuries day by day and you get a lot of initial reports from really well intended people who say, ‘I think he’s out for four weeks,’ and he comes in the next day, ‘Boy, this moving around, maybe it’s not …’ You know? So that’s really how we do it. We get a lot of feedback from the player. We look at them, see if they can function and then you kind of make your decisions as you go. We don’t anticipate Tony practicing today, so as a coaching staff you say, ‘OK, Brandon is going to practice, all right, but we’ll see what Tony’s able to do and hopefully he responds well to it and we’ll re-assess it in the morning’. He’s not ruled out for this game by any means. He’s getting himself mentally ready. He’s in the meetings. He’s a part of our football team and hopefully as the week goes on it feels better and he can function and it’ll give him a chance to play.”
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Garrett said the initial report on Romo indicated he will be out “a few days.”