Quarterback Tony Romo remains a couple weeks from coming back to rescue the reeling Dallas Cowboys.
But Romo will take a step forward in the process this week by returning to practice on a limited basis for the first time since fractured his left collarbone in Week 2.
Romo will do some light throwing in practice Wednesday and eventually will work his way up to some scout team work. Matt Cassel will get all first team reps in advance of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Nov. 15 matchup at Tampa Bay before Romo returns against the Miami Dolphins Nov. 22.
“Matt will get the work this week with the ones,” Garrett said. “We’re just talking about getting Tony some work in individual work, throwing the ball, maybe the scout team seven-on-seven. We haven’t firmed any of that up yet, but that’s what the preliminary discussions have been. We’ll get into that as we go but we’re trying to win the ballgame this week. That’s what our focus is.”
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The Cowboys have lost five straight games since Romo went down against the Eagles on Sept. 20. He was placed on injured reserve/designated to return Sept. 22, and league rules allow him to return to practice this week and to game action Nov. 22.
Romo has had no setbacks in his rehab, and he has been doing some light throwing the past couple of weeks. He will continue to do that in practice as well as ramp up his conditioning work.
The Cowboys have thrown three touchdown passes in the five losses without Romo, who threw three in the first two games.
“You can tell he’s got pep in his step,” tight end Jason Witten said. “He’s excited to get back. I know he’s working hard to do everything he can so when he does come back he’ll be able to play at a high level. He’s been through this before. He’ll work hard to get back. We still got a while to do that but I know we’re getting close.”