The Dallas Cowboys expect Tony Romo to play Sunday after he was a full participant in practice for the first time since injuring his back Oct. 27.
The quarterback missed practice Wednesday while getting treatment at the team hotel, and he was limited in Thursday’s practice. But all signs point to a go for Sunday after Friday’s work.
The Cowboys list Romo as probable on their official injury report, and he gave a thumbs-up Friday when asked if everything went well.
“Clearly he’s coming back out of this thing,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He wants to get the blood going through his body and get his movement back both in the pocket and also throwing the football.”
Romo fractured two transverse processes in his back during a game against Washington. He sat out last week’s loss to Arizona.
The Cowboys list starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain as questionable. He did not practice this week, but did participate in the walk-throughs.
“We’ll see,” he said when asked if he would play this week.
McClain missed the Week 3 game against St. Louis with a groin injury, but has played through that since then. Although the Cowboys still list him with that injury, McClain also sprained his right knee last week.
If McClain can’t play, rookie Anthony Hitchens will move from weakside linebacker to middle linebacker. Bruce Carter would move from strongside linebacker to the weakside, with Kyle Wilber on the strongside.
Hitchens has started one game at middle linebacker, one at weakside linebacker and one at strongside linebacker. He has played 178 defensive snaps, or 32.4 percent.
“We kind of keep mixing all that up, all year long,” defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. “Hitch has done a really nice job. He’s played three positions for us as a rookie, which in this system, it’s really hard playing one. He’s really bright, and I thought he played very well last week.”
Starting defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford (sprained right MCL) won’t play, while starting defensive tackle Nick Hayden, who was limited in practice Friday, is questionable with a shoulder injury.
Marinelli said Jack Crawford would move inside if Tyrone Crawford and Hayden can’t play. They also will have Terrell McClain, Henry Melton and Davon Coleman at defensive tackle.
Coleman has played only two games this season.
“He works extremely hard each and every day,” Marinelli said. “He’s got talent, so we’ll see how this week plays out and see who is up. But if he’s up, I expect him to play very well.”
Tower of London
While trying to keep to a “normal” schedule in a foreign country, the Cowboys found little about Friday “normal.” The Cowboys switched team hotels after the Jaguars, as the home team, took over the hotel across from Wembley Stadium that the Cowboys used for the week.
The Cowboys then dined at the Tower of London on Friday night.
“We’re going to get over to the hotel and get ourselves settled and jump on some buses and go see London and see the Crown Jewels and have a nice meal together,” Garrett said.
Defensive end Anthony Spencer appeared less than enthusiastic about the team’s evening plans.
“Ah, sure,” he said when asked if he was excited about seeing the Tower of London.