Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was a full participant in practice all week for the first since suffering a broken bone in his back in August.
Romo has no limitations and can do everything, offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has said.
Unfortunately, the Cowboys are not ready to put Romo back on the field, even in a backup role to rookie sensation Dak Prescott.
Per a source, Romo is expected to be listed as inactive for the ninth straight game when the Cowboys (7-1) take field for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers (4-4).
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Mark Sanchez will again serve as Prescott’s backup.
Coach Coach Jason Garrett said earlier in the week that the Cowboys will decide before the game whether Romo would be active or not.
Romo, though, has not played a game in almost a year. He fractured his left collarbone for the second time last season in a Thanksgiving Day game against the Panthers.
He injured his back in an Aug. 25 preseason game against the Seahawks and has rehabbed the compression fracture since.
Prescott’s success in leading the Cowboys to seven straight wins has allowed them to be patient with Romo.
“It’s hard to simulate game-type conditions in practice,” Garrett said. “We try our best to create them. There’s no way that we can create them exactly like they’ll play out on a Sunday afternoon. We can try to have guys move quickly, move explosively, compete with each other. We all know that we’re not tackling people in practice. We’re not cutting people in practice. We’re not hitting the quarterback in practice. Again, you try to simulate it as best you can. And that’s the case for every player. You try to your best to make it as game-like as possible and understanding that it can’t be exactly the way it’s going to play out on Sunday.”