Ian Rapoport of the NFL.com reported on Thursday that Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo practiced for the first time since injuring his back during the preseason. He was officially listed as “limited” on the injury report, however.
The veteran signal caller broke a bone in his back on August 27 against the Seattle Seahawks after taking a hit early in the game from linebacker Cliff Avril. Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett initially said that Romo was to be listed simply as day-to-day but a MRI then confirmed the injury was a lot more serious than that.
It was a different bone than the two vertebrae he broke during the 2014 season.
Many assumed at the time of the injury that losing Romo for an extended period would be a death sentence to the 2016=2-17 Cowboys, just as it was last season when he appeared in just four games and the team finished 4-12. With veteran backup Kellen Moore also sidelined with a broken leg, rookie Dak Prescott was pressed into duty as the starting quarterback from day one. The former Mississippi State standout has surprisingly excelled under center for the Cowboys, leading them to a thunderous 5-1 start.
Prescott has completed nearly 69 percent of his passes for 1,486 yards and seven touchdowns with just one interception. He broke New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady’s NFL record for most passes to begin a career without an interception during the Cowboys’ Week 6 win over the Green Bay Packers.
With the team thriving under Prescott, the Cowboys’ front office and coaching staff is going to have to make a decision before long on what to do with Romo. Owner Jerry Jones has been adamant for years that Romo is the face of his franchise, but benching Prescott with the way he is playing would be a tough pill to swallow.