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5 days ago

Head coach Jason Garrett relayed Thursday that Romo (back) is progressing in his rehab effort, which includes improved mobility, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

Four weeks removed from the devastating preseason hit, Romo appears to be on the right path, as the Cowboys' strength and conditioning staff currently has the quarterback on a light regimen, according to David Helman of the team's official site. In his absence, rookie Dak Prescott has directed the team to a 1-1 record on the backs of 63-percent passing and 519 yards, yet his lack of an interception, while impressive, has been offset with no touchdown tosses to date. No matter the Cowboys' place in the standings at the point Romo is cleared for game action, Prescott will yield the top quarterback spot to the 13-year veteran.

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2 weeks ago

Romo had X-rays to check the progress of his vertebrae fracture last week, The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Romo's X-rays were simply done to see how his recovery was going and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said everything was on track afterward. While Jones was unsure when Romo would take the next step in his rehab, Romo's initial 6-to-10 week timetable still appears to be in effect. While Romo continues to nurse his injured back, rookie Dak Prescott will keep Dallas' starting quarterback position.

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3 weeks ago

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones strongly suggested that Romo will be kept on the 53-man roster to start the season, David Helman of Dallas Cowboys.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

There's been talk about placing Romo on injured reserve, which would prevent the veteran quarterback from practicing before Week 7 or playing in a game before Week 9. While it is quite possible Romo won't be back prior to Week 9, his recovery timetable (8-10 weeks) suggests it's at least possible. The Cowboys may still want Romo to undergo some tests before a decision is finalized, but it sounds as if the team has essentially made up its mind.

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3 weeks ago

Romo (back) will undergo testing over the next few days as the Cowboys try to determine whether he'll start the season on injured reserve, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

EDGE Analysis

It was reported Sunday that Romo will stay on the 53-man roster, but that's apparently no longer a sure thing. If he is in fact placed on injured reserve, the 36-year-old quarterback wouldn't be eligible to practice until Week 7 or play in a game until Week 9. Given his timetable of 8-10 weeks, there's seemingly some chance Romo could return before Week 9, which probably makes it worthwhile to keep him on the roster. With the Cowboys on bye in Week 7, a return for Week 8 against Philadelphia makes for a reasonable target. In the meantime, Dak Prescott will enter Week 1 as the starting quarterback, with Mark Sanchez serving as his backup and Jameill Showers on the practice squad.

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3 weeks ago

Romo (back) will stay on the active roster to start the season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

There was some thought Romo might be placed on injured reserve, as the new rules allow each team to bring one player back from IR anytime after the first six weeks of its season. While his 8-10 week timetable suggests Romo is unlikely to return before that point, the Cowboys apparently haven't given up hope he could be back before Week 8. The team has a Week 7 bye, making Week 8 (against the Eagles) a more realistic target for Romo's return. While not slated for surgery, Romo reportedly won't be cleared to play until his fracture heals completely.

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3 weeks ago1 Comment

Romo (back) was not placed on IR to make room for the newly signed Mark Sanchez on Sunday, as the Cowboys elected to waive Jameill Showers instead, The Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

This doesn't necessarily mean Romo will begin the year on the 53-man roster, as the club could still need that spot if they sign another player, but it's at least a sign that the Cowboys haven't completely given up on the idea of getting him back in the lineup somewhat earlier than the current 8-10 week timetable for his recovery would suggest. Whether or not that's just wishful thinking on the part of the front office remains to be seen, however.

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4 weeks ago1 Comment

Romo (back) is expected to take 8-to-10 weeks as opposed to the originally projected 6-to-10 weeks, Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

The alteration of Romo's timeline makes it more likely that he ends up on IR/designated to return to begin the season. The reason for the change is that the fracture in his vertebrae must completely heal before he can play again, as opposed to him being able to play through it as he did with his back injury in 2014. If placed on IR, he'll miss at least half the season, which means that rookie quarterback Dak Prescott would see even more time than already projected.

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4 weeks ago2 Comments

The Cowboys haven't yet decided whether Romo (back) will begin the season on the IR/Designated To Return list, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Such a designation would require the quarterback to miss the first eight weeks of the season and while that timeline matches the 6-10 week recovery timetable Romo's been given, the team may elect to simply carry him on the 53-man roster so that he can get back in the lineup as soon as he's healthy enough. Blogging The Boys also speculates that pain tolerance might be the only thing standing in the way of a Week 3 return for Romo, but at this point that seems like the extreme optimistic end of the spectrum with regard to when Romo might be back.

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QB DAL (7)
1 month ago

Romo -- who suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra Thursday, is slated to wear a back brace for support over the next few weeks, the Cowboys' official site reports.

EDGE Analysis

While coach Jason Garrett isn't inclined to map out a precise timetable for the QB's return to action, the report does acknowledge that Romo "is likely several weeks away from playing again." While there's been media reports suggesting that Romo is looking at a possible 6-10 week timetable, "others inside the organization are hopeful for a 4-6 week recovery." Either way, as it stands, Dak Prescott remains on track to start at QB for Dallas out of the gate this season. He's currently backed up by Jamiell Showers, though the Cowboys could well add QB depth in the coming days.

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QB DAL (7)
1 month ago6 Comments

Romo (back) is unlikely to return before mid-season, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Romo played through two broken bones in his back during the 2014 season, which may explain why head coach Jason Garrett has yet to rule his starting quarterback out for Week 1. Despite Garrett's hesitance to do so, every report suggests Romo is facing an extended absence, as his current injury is different from the back issues he dealt with in previous seasons. More specifically, Romo has been diagnosed with a compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae, which typically requires 6-to-10 weeks of recovery, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. With Kellen Moore (broken ankle) already expected to miss most of the season, rookie fourth-round selection Dak Prescott is the favorite to start Week 1 against the Giants. The rookie has been phenomenal through the first three weeks of the preseason, completing 39 of 50 passes for 454 yards and five touchdowns, with another two touchdowns on the ground and no fumbles or interceptions. According to Sirius XM Sports Medical Analyst David J. Chao, Romo will be out for a minimum of six weeks, but he won't need surgery and shouldn't have any long-term complications.