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Stephen Jones says ‘everything is looking great’ for Tony Romo

Tony Romo (right) is making good progress from a compression fracture in his back.
Tony Romo (right) is making good progress from a compression fracture in his back. rmallison@star-telegram.com

There is still no timeline on when Tony Romo may be able to return to game action for the Dallas Cowboys.

But executive vice president Stephen Jones said “everything is looking great” so far in Romo’s recovery from a compression fracture in his lower back sustained in the third preseason game at Seattle on Aug. 25.

“He’s feeling good and certainly feels good about the progress he’s making,” Jones said Friday at an event to kick off the new ‘Stadium Club’ restaurant at AT&T Stadium.

Romo, 36, threw passes during pregame warmups at Washington last Sunday, but Jones refused to give a timeline on when Romo may be able to do more.

Thursday marked the four-week point since Romo’s injury, and the original timeline had been set at six to 10 weeks. The Cowboys kept Romo off the short-term injured reserve, which would have kept him out until the Nov. 6 game at Cleveland.

The Cowboys have a bye week on Oct. 23 and then play Philadelphia on Oct. 30. That Oct. 30 game would seem like the earliest Romo would return.

“There’s a good chance you’ll probably see him practice and he may not play in a game in terms of contact,” Jones said. “Now, we’ve got to manage through that as we get closer to that time.”

Romo missed 12 games last season, fracturing his left collarbone twice during the season. The Cowboys combined to go 1-11 with three backups, although they are in a better situation this season.

Rookie Dak Prescott has exceeded expectations and that may allow the organization to be a little more patient with Romo.

“I think every injury is different, so everybody wants to say, ‘Well, you rushed him back last time and he got hurt,’” Jones said. “I think unfortunately it was a tough lick there that happened to hit him just right again. At the same time we’re not going to unless he’s ready and the doctors feel he’s ready, then we won’t push it.”

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