Quarterback Tony Romo participated in the morning walk-through but stayed back at the hotel when the Dallas Cowboys practiced at a local rugby stadium.
Coach Jason Garrett said it was simply in adherence to Romo’s normal routine of taking Wednesday off rather than a setback with the two fractured transverse processes in his back that kept him out of Sunday’s game against Arizona.
Garrett is hopeful Romo does something in practice Thursday in anticipation of playing in Sunday’s game against Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium.
Garrett said he was encouraged that Romo was able to participate in the walk-through for the second straight day.
“Is it more worthwhile for them to stay over there and get treatment or come over here and watch practice and stand up for a couple of hours?” Garrett asked rhetorically. “It makes sense to stay back there and get some treatment. We got all the mental work this morning. We got the walk-through this morning. So hopefully he will be ready to go and do something tomorrow.”
Garrett would like Romo to be able to practice and function Thursday before declaring him fit to play Sunday, especially considering he hasn’t practiced at all since injuring his back against the Washington Redskins on Oct. 27.
It remains a day-to-day situation and could come down to a game-day decision Sunday.
“Hopefully, Tony will be able to move around tomorrow and get some work in and build from that,” Garrett said.
Maligned linebacker Bruce Carter’s up-and-down season seem to be declining again.
Carter, who had missed the three previous games with a quadriceps injury, played only 16 snaps against Arizona. Backup strongside linebacker Kyle Wilber played 25.
Carter was not one of the Cowboys’ two linebackers on the field in nickel situations. Middle linebacker Rolando McClain and rookie Anthony Hitchens got the call there.
“We were playing a lot of different guys at linebacker, a normal rotation and also having to deal with some injuries,’’ Garrett said. “Kyle Wilber deserves some opportunities to play.”
“Kyle did some good things; Bruce did some good things, so we’ll keep rotating those guys around and see who wants it more and see who deserves it more.”
The Cowboys had a surprise addition to the injury report Wednesday when rookie linebacker Anthony Hitchens was limited in practice with an undisclosed chest injury.
He is still expected to play against Jacksonville.
Running back DeMarco Murray was not listed on the injury report, even though he has a splint on his right pinky because of a fracture.
Murray practiced in full and played coy when asked about the splint, saying, “I’m good. You didn’t see nothing.”
Garrett said Murray was fine and would have no limitations Sunday.
The big question is how the injured pinky will impact Murray’s ball handling. He has five fumbles this season.
Also on the injury front:• Rolando McClain did not practice Wednesday because of a knee injury. But he did participate in the walk-through and is expected to play Sunday.
• Guard Ron Leary (groin) and tackle Doug Free (foot) practiced on a limited basis and are expected to start Sunday. Leary missed the game against the Cardinals. Free has missed the past three games.
• Defensive tackle Nick Hayden was held out of practice because of a shoulder injury, but he could do some work Thursday and play Sunday.
• Defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford did not practice because of a sprained knee. He is expected to miss the Jaguars game.