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Stephen Jones: No setback for Romo, whom Cowboys will “need” this season

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo remains on track in his rehab, according to the team, even though he didn’t practice Wednesday.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo remains on track in his rehab, according to the team, even though he didn’t practice Wednesday. AP

Tony Romo did not practice Wednesday as he has yet to be cleared for full pads, and the Cowboys insist his recovery remains on track.

Romo worked with resistance bands on the practice field with athletic trainer Britt Brown after the team’s practice concluded Wednesday. The quarterback had returned to practice on a limited basis last week.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a setback,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “I would just say that the more time that we can give him to get better while the team is still having success, I think the better chance Tony has to stay healthy. We all know what we went through last year. Certainly, he wanted to rush back to keep us in contention. He’s a great competitor. We felt like he was ready to go. Then he had another setback.

“I think the longer we can continue to get him ready to play the better chance he has to stay upright when it is time for him to play. I just think it’s a great situation for us right now. We’ll continue to work both sides. Obviously Dak is doing a great job playing right now. Tony’s doing a great job working on his rehab, getting himself in the best possible shape he can be in for when the time comes that we’re ready for him to go.”

Romo, 36, missed seven games last season after fracturing his left collarbone in Week 2. He lasted only a game and a half in his return, fracturing the same collarbone a second time.

The Cowboys went 1-11 without him.

This season, Dallas is 6-1 with Prescott ranking sixth in the league in passer rating.

On Tuesday, owner Jerry Jones said on his radio show the Cowboys would continue to ride the hot hand. Stephen Jones agreed that Romo, as a team player, will handle any role like a pro, including that as a backup.

Stephen Jones also expects the Cowboys to need Romo – whom he called “one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL” – this season.

“He’s a class act, and he’s a competitor,” Stephen Jones said. “He knows right now he is not ready to go. He wants this team to thrive and give us ever possible chance to win a championship. He knows when he’s ready to go that, at some point, we are going to need him, and he’ll be ready. It’s a great situation.”

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