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Cowboys QB Tony Romo dons helmet and shells at practice Thursday

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo put on shells and a helmet for practice Thursday.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo put on shells and a helmet for practice Thursday. Star-Telegram

Tony Romo continued his road to recovery Thursday, donning shells and a helmet for practice.

Romo took part in some individual work during the early portion of practice open to the media. It was yet another step in his return from a compression fracture in his back.

Romo did not officially practice Wednesday since he didn’t dress, but he did some individual work. Romo did dress out and throw Tuesday, the players’ off day.

“Tony’s worked very hard on his rehab with our strength coaches and with our trainers,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “This is just the next step for him. He’s been throwing on his own. It’s good to see him back out on the field. He didn’t throw that many balls [Wednesday]. He got integrated into the individual work, the routes on air, and I thought he threw the ball well.”

Romo, 36, has amped up his on-field work in recent days after strengthening his back and his core and working on his conditioning.

“We’re all interested in seeing how he’s doing,” Garrett said. “I think like with any injured player, you’re always watching those guys. You get a lot of feedback from the people who are working directly with them, but anytime you get a chance to watch him yourself, you certainly want to have an impression of him and how he’s doing. I thought he had a good day yesterday.”

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.

“Just take it day by day,” Garrett said. “He’ll continue working with the strength coaches and our trainers on his rehab, doing stuff on the side, see how he responds to the work that he got in yesterday, and we’ll make our judgment day by day.”

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