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Scott Linehan: Cowboys QB Tony Romo able to do everything

Tony Romo has practiced fully the last two days.
Tony Romo has practiced fully the last two days. jlmarshall@star-telegram.com

Tony Romo was a full participant in practice again Thursday and appears ready to play. But will the Cowboys make him active Sunday as Dak Prescott’s backup?

They aren’t saying yet, though owner Jerry Jones might be more forthcoming on his radio show Friday morning.

“He’s getting better daily,” Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said Thursday. “We don’t really talk about really what the rosters are going to look like on Sunday until Saturday so we’re not even close to that yet. But he is getting better daily. He looks stronger every day that I’ve seen. That’s real encouraging seeing where he is right now.”

Romo returned to practice Oct. 27 on a limited basis, and was limited in two practices in shells last week. He received full clearance this week and has practiced fully both days.

“I think he’s able to do everything,” Linehan said. “Again, we evaluate it after the day and see how today went. Each day I think he does a little more. We’ve been encouraged with the response he’s been able to have physically coming back the next day. He’s getting better and getting stronger. We’re real encouraged where he is right now.”

Romo, though, has not played a game in almost a year. He fractured his left collarbone for the second time last season in a Thanksgiving Day game against the Panthers.

He injured his back in an Aug. 25 preseason game against the Seahawks and has rehabbed the compression fracture since.

So the Cowboys aren’t rushing Romo back into game action.

“It’s hard to simulate game-type conditions in practice,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We try our best to create them. There’s no way that we can create them exactly like they’ll play out on a Sunday afternoon. We can try to have guys move quickly, move explosively, compete with each other. We all know that we’re not tackling people in practice. We’re not cutting people in practice. We’re not hitting the quarterback in practice. Again, you try to simulate it as best you can. And that’s the case for every player. You try to your best to make it as game-like as possible and understanding that it can’t be exactly the way it’s going to play out on Sunday.”