Dallas Cowboys

Romo takes next step toward return with London walk-through

There is still no decision yet on whether quarterback Tony Romo will play against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. But there is budding optimism surrounding a Romo return after he survived nine-hour flight to London in first class and took part in a light walk-through practice with his teammates.

Romo, who missed last week’s game with two fractured transverse processes in his back, remains in pain and moved gingerly Tuesday.

But he was able to throw passes to school kids at NFL Play 60 event outside Wembley Stadium and seemed encouraged about the possibility of playing against the Jaguars.

“The flight was fine,” Romo said. “I slept. It went by quick and that part of it was no problem. It’s progressing. Each day it gets a little bit of improvement, and I think that you just keep trying to figure out what you’re able to do each day and then you go on to the next day. We’ll figure out if we’re able to improve enough to be ready to go.”

“If you couldn’t go in the walk-through, you’d probably struggle getting ready for practice,” Romo said. “But it was good.”

The decision on Romo remains one of pain tolerance and functionality.

“You just have to assess that,” Romo said. “You have to be able to function. You have to be able to go play.”

The next big step is seeing if Romo will be able to do something in practice on Wednesday.

He has taken Wednesday as an off day for the majority of the season to strengthen his surgically repaired back.

But that could change this week because he hasn’t practiced at all since injuring his back against the Redskins on Oct. 27.

“It seems like he handled the flight well,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We will see how he does today and when he wakes up (Wednesday). We want to get him involved in everything we can.”

Romo also left the door open for him to go against routine and do something on Wednesday. But he said that will be determined late Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

“We don’t know yet,” Romo said about practicing on Wednesday. “We will got back and figure all of that out. You just wanted to get through the trip and see how you felt first before you took the next step and reassess.”

Romo presence in the walk-through certainly has his teammates excited and optimistic.

“It was good to have him out there for the walk-through,” tight end Jason Witten said. “I know he is working hard to get back out there.”

Said receiver Dez Bryant: “Not having him on the field, everybody seen what it can do. It felt good to see him at the walk-through. It’s a good sign that he’ll play on Sunday.”