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Cowboys can’t wait for Romo’s return as their passing offense sputters

Quarterback Matt Cassel and the Cowboys passing game continued to be grounded against the Seahawks.
Quarterback Matt Cassel and the Cowboys passing game continued to be grounded against the Seahawks. Star-Telegram

Tony Romo returns to practice Wednesday after six weeks of sitting, waiting, watching, rooting and healing.

“I’ll see you this week,” Romo said as he walked to his car after the Cowboys’ 13-12 loss to the Seahawks on Sunday.

The Cowboys can’t wait to see No. 9, though Romo remains three weeks from a return to game action.

Dallas has lost all five games since Romo fractured his left collarbone against the Eagles in Week 2. Brandon Weeden went 0-3, and Matt Cassel has gone 0-2.

The Cowboys have not won with a quarterback other than Tony Romo since the meaningless season finale in 2010 against Philadelphia with Stephen McGee at the helm. They are 6-14 without Romo since he became the starter in 2006, including 0-4 this season.

“He’s an elite quarterback,” tight end Jason Witten said of Romo. “He’s one of the best in the league to do it. He’s a game-changer. But we still feel we can win games. We’re not just hoping to go out there to win. We feel like we have the guys. I thought Matt played hard and has done a lot of good things. Same with Brandon during that stretch. It would be unfair to put any of that just on them. I think it’s collectively. We all understand that.

“But yeah, there’s no denying what type of player [Romo] is. We should still be able to win games. We believe we can. We haven’t done that. We have to be accountable for that and get better. He’s not going to be back for a few more weeks.”

While not scoring a touchdown against the Seahawks, the Cowboys gained only 220 yards, including 91 passing.

Cassel, acquired in a Sept. 22 trade with the Bills, completed 13 of 25 passes for 97 yards with no touchdowns, no interceptions and a 61.6 passer rating.

“They’re a good defensive football team,” coach Jason Garrett said. “…Obviously, we didn’t do enough in the passing game to make big plays, but that’s their style. They’ve done a good job through the years preventing teams from making big plays and really forcing you to drive it and be consistent over the course of a drive.

“Obviously, we didn’t do a good enough job of that throughout the ball game, particularly when we got down in the red zone to be able to cash in on those opportunities. It was disappointing we weren’t able to accomplish that. I thought our guys battled. I thought our guys fought. They did a good job against us. We didn’t do enough offensively.”

It’s been that way since Romo was injured.

In the two games with Romo, the Cowboys averaged 23.5 points, 397.5 yards and 303 passing yards. In the five games without Romo, the Cowboys have averaged 17.2 points, 325.4 yards and 184.2 passing yards.

In two of their past three games, the Cowboys have failed to score a touchdown.

“I’m sure people are frustrated. I’m sure people are upset. How can you not be?” Cassel said. “When you play this game, you play to win. And when it’s not going your way, there’s a level of frustration that happens. But the mindset in this locker room, coach Garrett does a tremendous job of getting his guys ready to play. You can see it. We’re not going to give up. We’re going to continue to fight. Eventually I feel like it’s going to turn around for us. Hopefully, we can build on that confidence when it does happen and get ourselves on a roll in the opposite direction.”

Charean Williams: 817-390-7760,@NFLCharean

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