When Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo went down in the August 25th preseason game against the Seahawks with a back injury, he was originally given a 6 to 10-week recovery timeframe. With Thursday marking the nine-week mark since the injury, Romo returned to practice in pads as a “limited” participant. In the session open to the media, Romo participated in individual drills. Romo has been seen throwing passes in street clothes before donning the pads for the first time since his injury on Thursday.
As the Cowboys get ready for their crucial NFC East matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, it is unlikely that Romo gets enough conditioning work in to be active for the Sunday Night affair. However, the team could continue increasing his practice reps to get him ready for their November 6th matchup against the Cleveland Browns. Of course, many media pundits and fans think that Romo should stay on the sidelines once healthy, as rookie superstar Dak Prescott has guided the Cowboys, with the help of fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliott and a resurgent defense to a 5-1 start.
With how Prescott has played, the team will have a tough choice to make in the coming weeks in regards to who they decide to go with at quarterback once Romo gets back to full health. If Prescott continues to play well, the team could stick with the talented rookie. If Prescott hits a rookie wall, the team could go back to the proven face of the franchise. Romo, who has shown the ability to play at a near MVP level when given a dominant run game and an opportunistic defense, would then theoretically be on a short leash, as he could get benched if he struggles in his return. Fortunately for fans, they don’t have to make the decision, but the team is getting closer and closer to having to decide, as Tony Romo’s return to the field Thursday signifies. This story is still far from being over, so continue to follow Pro Football Spot for the latest information and updates.
Jared Wingate is a local Dallas resident who is passionate about 'dem Cowboys! He is also a Broadcast Journalism major. Subscribe and follow him on Twitter @wingate_jared.