Tony Romo’s MRI on Monday showed the compression fracture in his back has healed. He has begun conditioning work and core strengthening and threw to Cole Beasley after practice Wednesday.
“It’s really a day-by-day thing,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday. “And the positive news on that is it’s gotten better really every day, and it’s gotten better every week. You get the good news on the MRI, so we’ll continue to work with our strength coaches and our training staff and continue to throw as we go here over the next few days.”
Romo was unable to do much core work since his injury Aug. 25, exercises he has focused on since two back surgeries in 2013.
“Oftentimes you say, ‘OK, the injury is healed,’ but there’s a lot of other things that take place in getting a guy ready to play football in the NFL,” Garrett said. “In his case, it’s conditioning, just like it was for DeMarcus Lawrence and other guys who haven’t played. And then it’s working his core to get himself strong. That’s been a big part of his regiment the last few years after the back surgery. So he has to be able to get back and do that on a consistent basis.”
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With Dak Prescott having the Cowboys off to a 4-1 start, the team can afford to be patient with Romo’s return unlike last season. The Cowboys were 2-7 and desperate when Romo came back from a fractured left collarbone last November. He lasted less than seven quarters, going on injured reserve after re-fracturing his collarbone in the third quarter of the Thanksgiving game against Carolina.
The 14-year veteran, who sports a 78-49 career record, likely returns for the Nov. 6 game at Cleveland after the Cowboys initially targeted next week’s game against Philadelphia.
“Our initial thoughts on Tony were looking at that eight-week timeframe, seven to eight-week timeframe,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Wednesday. “We’ll just continue to monitor how he does. Obviously, we’ve got a great, great situation here with the young guy playing well and winning football games for us. I think in the past people have been critical of us pushing Tony back too soon, like last year when he rushed back and he got hurt again. All of these things are things we’ll take a look at as we move forward. We just obviously are very fortunate to have a great situation here with a good young quarterback playing well while we have one of the best veteran quarterbacks in the league not having to push to hurry up and get back in terms of him being at his very best when he ultimately does get back.”