Yesterday Tony Romo missed the Dallas Cowboys practice, but with yesterday being Wednesday, that wasn't such a big deal. Ever since week two of this season Romo has sat out Wednesday practices to manage his back issues so yesterday's news didn't carry any of the significance of today's news. Jason Garrett let everyone know that Romo won't practice again today. Now we are in new territory.
Also in Garrett's announcement was the fact that Romo hasn't been ruled out of Sunday's game. But the fact he's even talking about ruling him in or out puts the question squarely on the table. At BTB, we've had our own discussion about whether Romo should play or not, sounds like the same is going on at Valley Ranch.
Here is what Garrett said, courtesy of the Dallas Morning News:
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Thursday morning that Romo "sounds like he’s feeling better."
"We don’t know if Tony’s playing," Garrett said. "I say this all the time to you guys, we take injuries day-by-day. You get a lot of initial reports from really well-intended people who say, ‘I think he’s out for four weeks.’ And then he comes in the next day, ‘Boy, he’s moving around, maybe it’s not.’ That’s really how we deal with it. We get a lot of feedback from the player. We look at them and see if they can function and then you kind of make your decisions as you go.
"We don’t anticipate Tony practicing today, so as a coaching staff, we say, ‘OK, [backup QB Brandon Weeden's] going to practice.’ But we’ll see what Tony’s able to do, hopefully he responds well to it and we’ll reassess it in the morning. He’s not ruled out for this game by any means. He’s getting himself mentally ready, he’s in the meetings, he’s a part of our football team. Hopefully as the week goes on he feels better and he can function and give him a chance to [play]."
In a bit of good news, Rolando McClain returned to practice. Ron Leary and Doug Free both missed practice.