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Tony Romo expects to return to lineup “sooner rather than later”

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo talks to New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after Sunday’s game.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo talks to New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning after Sunday’s game. AP

Tony Romo was on the Cowboys sideline Sunday, and owner Jerry Jones said his starting quarterback expects to return to the lineup “sooner rather than later.”

Romo had X-rays on the compression fracture in his back last week.

“Everything is fine, not fine, but is on go,” Jones said. “[The X-rays showed] nothing that would in any way get in the area of a setback or would show concern.”

Romo injured his back in the Aug. 25 exhibition game against the Seahawks. The Cowboys did not place Romo on short-term injured reserve, hoping for his return for the Oct. 30 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

But they have not ruled out the Oct. 16 game against the Green Bay Packers for Romo to get back on the field.

Jones, though, said there is no timetable for when Romo can start working out.

“Romo is upbeat,” Jones said. “He is just doing what he needs to be doing. He still has his support and will continue to have that support. It’s about not getting overzealous sitting down.

“He expects to be back sooner rather than later.”

The Cowboys are 10-24 without Romo since he became the full-time starter in 2006, including 1-11 last season.

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