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Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on Tony Romo: He’s getting closer

Tony Romo donned shells and a helmet and had a limited practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his back Aug. 25.
Tony Romo donned shells and a helmet and had a limited practice Thursday for the first time since injuring his back Aug. 25.

Tony Romo officially practiced for the first time since training camp. The Cowboys listed the quarterback as limited Thursday.

“I think he’s feeling better,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “He’s able to throw on the run and do things like that, so it shows he’s getting closer. I don’t know how far that is, there’s no timeline or any of that stuff, but we’re just really happy to see him get back out there, see that No. 9 jersey back on the field, rooting the guys on until he gets back on the field one of these times.”

Romo did not officially practice Wednesday since he didn’t don a helmet and pads, but he did some individual work in shorts and a T-shirt. He did more Thursday, pulling on shells and his helmet before practice.

“He looks good,” said tight end Jason Witten, one of Romo’s best friends. “Young 9 out there throwing it. He looks rejuvenated. He brought a lot of energy. It’s always good to have him back out there. I know he’s worked hard to come back and excited to see him take that next step of going on the field.”

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

“Real encouraged,” Linehan said. “He’s getting stronger, got some pop on the ball, feeling better every day.”

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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