Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo makes practice appearance, much to teammates’ delight

Tony Romo returned to the practice field on Wednesday and was throwing the football in drills.
Tony Romo returned to the practice field on Wednesday and was throwing the football in drills. Star-Telegram

Tony Romo wasn’t wearing his familiar No. 9 jersey, but the Cowboys quarterback left no doubt it was him on the practice field Wednesday.

“It was good to see him out there,” said Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, one of Romo’s best friends. “He was out there throwing in individual, bringing some energy out there. It looked good.

“I know he is working hard to get back.”

Officially, the Cowboys listed Romo as not practicing since he didn’t dress. But after warming up on the side with former Cowboys receiver Miles Austin, Romo joined the team for some light work.

Romo’s teammates were pleased, but not surprised, to see him.

“When we went out there, I asked Witten, ‘Will Tony be out here today?’ ” receiver Brice Butler said. “I saw him right before we did Cowboys versus Cowboys. I was like, ‘OK, cool,’ because I thought he would be at least coming back to at least be around, because he wasn’t really around before. It was good to see him.”

Romo did pat-and-go and other individual drills, including dropping back and throwing on the run.

“He was throwing it,” receiver Terrance Williams said. “It was different than it was before. He had a little heat on it. I can’t wait until he gets back.”

Romo donned his pads Tuesday and threw on the practice field during the team’s day off. Receiver Dez Bryant offered a wide smile when asked about Romo’s progress.

“He looked damn good,” Bryant said. “It’s just good seeing everybody come back, not just Tony, but myself, Lance [Dunbar], [Orlando] Scandrick. It looked good out there. Everybody just trying to come back and contribute to the success.”

The Cowboys have set no date for Romo’s return to game action. Romo injured his back in an Aug. 25 preseason game against the Seahawks. The diagnosis for his return from the compression fracture was six to 10 weeks, and he hits the nine-week mark Thursday.

Romo won’t play Sunday, with rookie Dak Prescott remaining the starter against the Eagles.

“He’s looked sharp every time he’s out there,” Prescott said of Romo. “That’s a vet that takes care of himself, going to get back healthy. He’s doing all the right things to do that.”

Dez ready to roll

Dez Bryant says it “seems like forever” since being diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right knee following the Sept. 25 game against Chicago.

Bryant is healthy now, though, and ready to return Sunday night against Philadelphia.

“I’m excited. I get to be back with my teammates and get to be a part of the excitement,” Bryant said. “It’s just fun. I just can’t wait to get out there and have fun.”

Bryant missed three games with the injury. He practiced on a limited basis in the week leading into the Green Bay game Oct. 16, and was limited when the team returned to practice after the bye.

Bryant doesn’t expect to be limited in game action.

“Oh, man, I feel like I haven’t lost a step as far as conditioning,” said Bryant, who compiled 11 catches for 150 yards and a touchdown in the first three games.

Bryant said the hairline fracture in his right knee doesn’t compare to last season when he missed five games with a broken foot.

“It’s something minor,” Bryant said of his knee injury. “This is nothing compared to the foot. You know, see me, I’m not a good exaggerator. I say what I mean. I mean what I say. It was minor. I feel good. Just can’t wait to get back out there.”

Staff writer Drew Davison contributed to this report