Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been a full participant in practice this week, but sources are telling the media that it’s doubtful he will be active for Sunday’s game against Pittsburgh.
Tony Romo is healthy enough to play, but the Dallas Cowboys quarterback is not expected to be active Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan.
Romo went through his second straight full practice Thursday, working with the scout team. He returned to practice last week on a limited basis as he comes back from a compression fracture in his back suffered during a preseason game Aug. 25.
While Scott Linehan isn’t giving anything away, he does say Romo is getting closer to where he needs to be.
"I think he's able to do everything," Linehan said. "Again, we evaluate it after the day and see how [Thursday] went. Each day I think he does a little more. We've been encouraged with the response he's been able to have physically coming back the next day. He's getting better and getting stronger. We're real encouraged where he is right now."
Sean Lee grew up in the Pittsburgh area and a lot of the influences that guided him along the path that he now travels can be traced back to the steel town mentality common to the people in that area. One story from his high school coach gives you a clear picture of what that means.
“We had a Community Day here in Upper St. Clair, and on Community Day they always had a mud volleyball game between the juniors and the seniors. And of course the seniors always won. Until Sean came along.
“Sean gathers up these juniors, you know, and the competitiveness kicks in. He says, ‘By God, we’re going to win. We’re going to practice and we’re going to beat the seniors.’
There was a time when we would have responded to a question about the timing of Mo’s return with a “Meh” at best. Now his return is something that Cowboys fans will be excited to see.
"It's up in the air," Claiborne said. "We were pushing for four to six based on what the MRI looked like. I'm doing what I can. Whenever I can be back I will be back. We don't know. "
2016 has brought us a different Claiborne than we have grown used to seeing and the former first round draft pick has developed into a solid piece for Rod Marinelli’s defense. His absence is a blow to a unit that is performing beyond expectations, and the sooner he is healthy the better the Cowboys chances look.
Rod Marinelli in a ten minute video clip courtesy of the mothership.
Roger Staubach has been through a similar situation to what Dak Prescott and Tony Romo will be dealing with over the second half of the season. The Dallas legend offers up his views on how the current situation needs to play out.
“Tony wants to get in there, and he knows this is a good team. But I think he also knows the situation and is very supportive of Dak. Tony is a class act, and he is not going to let his personal desires jeopardize the team. If he came back and said, 'Hey I should really be in there,' I think there would be some players who would side with Tony and others would not. He’s not going to let that happen. He’s going to sit it out until they need him.” - Roger Staubach
The trouble with success is that it makes it tough to keep the band together. It has been a while since the Dallas coaching staff was looked upon as good poaching territory but after the 2014 run and the rebound this season, Jason Garrett is going to be faced with assistants who are hot commodities as other teams look to find the formula for victory in the National Football League.
Linehan, though, could find himself in demand in the off-season if the Cowboys continue their winning ways.
The Associated Press, which manages the league’s annual postseason awards, polled some of the 50 voters at the midseason mark. Linehan earned strong support for the league’s top assistant coach at the halfway point. New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, Kansas City Chiefs defensive coordinator Bob Sutton and Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz also received votes.
Roger Staubach is not the only member of the Ring of Honor who is talking about the Cowboys of late. Woody joined The Ben & Skin Show on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] to talk some Dallas Cowboys, and the staff at DMN gives a nice recap of the conversation. An excerpt:
Question: When you were a veteran...would you have been comfortable "following" a rookie quarterback?
Darren Woodson: If he was winning? You'd follow anybody if he was winning. That's just how it works. If a guys is winning games and he's playing at the level that he's playing at, and people respect what he's doing, and he's a leader -- not only on the field but off the field as well. And that's what we're talking about with Dak.
We're not talking about a guy who doesn't know how to handle the media, doesn't know how to handle pressure situations, or is out on the streets week in and week out. We're talking about a guy who's handled himself like a complete pro. And if he's winning games I don't care who you are you're going to fall in line because that's what you want.
The ultimate goal is not to make everyone happy. The ultimate goal is to win games. So if he's winning games for me, you better believe I'm following him. That's just how it works because we all have the same goal in mind and that's winning games. I don't care if you're a veteran quarterback [who] has been in the league 12-13 years or if you're a rookie quarterback. You win games I got your back.