While the controversy surrounding the Dallas Cowboys’ impending quarterback decision between rookie sensation Dak Prescott and injured incumbent Tony Romo continues to rage, coach Jason Garrett maintains a pragmatic and realistic approach.
Romo, who has missed the first six games of the season with a fractured bone in his back, is not ready to play or even return to practice. And any discussion about the future is pointless to the one-day-at-a-time, one-practice-at-a-time Cowboys coach.
Tony is doing a great job with his rehab. He’s worked very hard to come back like he has over the past couple years when he’s dealt with some of these injuries.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett on QB Tony Romo
The Cowboys (5-1) have a bye this week and will have just one short practice on Wednesday. Romo will not take part in that, Garrett said, meaning it’s unlikely he returns for the Oct. 30 matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles following the bye.
“I would not anticipate that,” Garrett said of Romo practicing this week. “We are going to have a short practice on Wednesday. Tomorrow is going to be a run and lift day for the guys. We haven’t talked about the players who aren’t going to be available.”
So what is Romo going to be doing this week?
“I think he is continuing to ramp up what his rehab is, spend more time with the trainers,” Garrett said.
Garrett acknowledged an appreciation for the public fascination with the quarterback debate, but he also refused to feed into it.
He also avoided answering any questions about whether he felt he owed Romo the starting role.
“The biggest thing we try to do is we try to focus on the day,” Garrett said. “Tony is doing a great job with his rehab. He’s worked very hard to come back like he has over the past couple years when he’s dealt with some of these injuries.
“In regard to Dak Prescott, his job is to prepare to play. He’s been playing quarterback for us for the first six ballgames, and he comes to work every day — prepare, prepare, prepare — then goes to the game on Sunday afternoons.”
Garrett said he doesn’t deal in hypotheticals and declined to say whether the team has even discussed the quarterback issue down the line.
“What we try to do is, we try to focus on what’s in front of us right now and do the best job we can as players and coaches,” Garrett said.
After repeated questions about Romo, Garrett turned to comedian.
“Does this microphone work?” Garrett asked with a smile on his face to a room full of laughter.
Bryant held out
Garrett said the team went into Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers hoping that receiver Dez Bryant could get back on the field after missing the previous two games with a hairline fracture in his right knee.
Bryant practiced on a limited basis leading up to the game and looked good running his routes.
But following a knee scan on Friday, the team decided on Saturday to hold him out.
Bryant has already said he is returning for the Oct. 30 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence underwent an MRI exam Monday after sustaining a shoulder injury against Green Bay.
Lawrence participated in 29 plays against the Packers after 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals the previous week.
The Cowboys had hoped to increase Lawrence’s role against the Packers, but were limited after his injury late in the second quarter. He returned to finish the game.
Garrett said the team did not know the test results.