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Teammates say Tony Romo is same person in locker room

Tony Romo congratulates Dak Prescott after the Dallas Cowboys’ win against Chicago. The Cowboys are 5-1 without Romo, but he’ll be returning soon.
Tony Romo congratulates Dak Prescott after the Dallas Cowboys’ win against Chicago. The Cowboys are 5-1 without Romo, but he’ll be returning soon. kbouaphanh@star-telegram.com

Tony Romo hasn’t spoken publicly since sustaining a compression fracture in his lower back in the third preseason game.

Rookie Dak Prescott has filled in better than expected for Romo, and there is a looming quarterback decision for the Dallas Cowboys.

Romo is on the mend, returning to practice on a limited basis Thursday, and has been seen more than in previous weeks. He did not practice on Friday.

To his teammates, though, Romo is the same ol’ guy he’s always been.

“Same ol’ Tony, he’s still coaching,” defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence said. “He’s working hard in the weight room. I see him more in the weight room than the locker room, so that’s a surprise – seeing a quarterback in the weight room.

“He’s taking care of his body and getting back into shape. I feel like he’s going to be great.”

Cowboys beat writers Clarence Hill and Charean Williams discuss Tony Romo's return to practice, plus other storylines going into Sunday night's game against Philadelphia. Video by Drew Davison.

Romo invited teammates over to his new home in North Dallas over the bye week, and some were wowed by a slide he has in the house. Lawrence joked that he’s got to keep working so he can get a slide of his own one day.

Center Travis Frederick didn’t make it over to Romo’s house, but heard all about it. And Frederick echoed Lawrence in saying that Romo has been the same guy even though there is a pending quarterback controversy facing the team.

“Tony’s a unique individual,” Frederick said. “He’s just himself when he’s in here. He’s just one of the guys and you can tell he’s working as hard as he can to get back and be as healthy as he can.

“I think that’s big in that he’s just trying to be healthy and be the best teammate he can be during the time being. When things switch around, he’s going to be the best that he can be.”

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