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Cowboys’ Tony Romo not ready to play in a game, even if eligible

Tony Romo, shown talking with quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, threw Wednesday but skipped Thursday as he eases his arm back into shape.
Tony Romo, shown talking with quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, threw Wednesday but skipped Thursday as he eases his arm back into shape. Star-Telegram

Tony Romo isn’t ready to return to action yet. Even if the Cowboys hadn’t placed the starting quarterback on short-term injured reserve, his bone still needs another two weeks to heal, coach Jason Garrett said.

“We don’t think so,” Garrett said. “Again, it’s a process of the bone healing. That just simply takes time. We allocated that amount of time, because that’s what was prescribed for him to heal coming back from that injury. All signs have been that he’s handled everything up to that point well. He had a good day [Wednesday]. We just keep taking this situation day by day.”

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Romo returned to practice Wednesday, throwing in pat-and-go and some individual drills as well as on the side as Matt Cassel took the first-team reps for this week’s game. Romo did not throw Thursday.

“There was no big plan this week other than to throw enough to see how it feels, get a lot of conditioning work with the strength guys,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “This was just a big, not that he’s out of shape, but you’ve got to get your legs underneath you, because there’s a certain amount of time we’re not really running. Then, he’s been doing a lot of conditioning work in that way, and spending time mentally and getting himself ready. We’re focused a lot on this week and what we’re doing that way, but Tony’s getting himself ready to go when he’s allowed to go.”

Romo fractured his left collarbone in the Week 2 victory over the Eagles. He cannot play again until Nov. 22 when the Cowboys travel to Miami, and all signs point to his return to game action that day.

The Cowboys have lost all five games without him.

“I thought he came [Wednesday] and was throwing it well,” tight end Jason Witten said. “I know he’s working hard to get back. …It’s just great to see him on the field. He looked good, and I think we’re all excited to get him back there.”

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