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Tony Romo already throwing, readying to return to practice next week

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is itching to return, having watched his team lost four straight.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is itching to return, having watched his team lost four straight. AP

Tony Romo has begun some light throwing and will return to practice on a limited basis Wednesday.

The Cowboys still are formulating a plan for getting Romo back into the mix and readying for a Nov. 22 return to game action, while not interfering with the weekly preparation of Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden.

“We haven’t come up with that plan definitely yet,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Friday. “We talked about some different ideas. Obviously, you want to get him out there doing something. He has been throwing the ball a little bit lately. He looks good that way. Again, you try to ease him back into it without compromising our preparation with the other guys to get ready for the game. We’ll talk about that more specifically as we get closer to it.”

Romo fractured his left collarbone in the Week 2 game against the Eagles. The Cowboys placed him on injured reserve designated for return. NFL rules allow him to return to practice next week, but he will miss at least three more games.

The Cowboys are 0-4 in their starting quarterback’s absence.

“He’s just dying, because he wants us to have success that will allow us to be in good shape as we get on into the season, and he’s dying in that respect,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “On the other hand, physically he’s really doing well, and boy, is he engaged, as engaged as I’ve ever seen him [even] when he’s actively playing out there.”

Garrett said it is a possibility that Romo could take scout team reps, but added that “we’ll probably ease him in with 7-on-7 before we do anything else.”

“We’re going to put some thought into it – not that we haven’t thought about it -- but I think we’ve just got to -- the term is play it by ear,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “We’ve got to kind of see where it is, how he feels the first week, kind of get the conditioning part of it. Mentally, he’s going to be fine, but the conditioning part we’ll see where he is, and then kind of integrate him into practice into some way, shape or form. There will be some adjustment. You’ve just got to figure out how it works in the flow of practice, so you don’t disrupt that for the quarterback that’s going to be playing that particular game.”

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