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Romo (back) is sitting out Wednesday's practice, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

With Wednesday's absence maintenance-related, look for Romo to return to a full practice Thursday, as the Cowboys continue their preparation for Sunday's playoff opener against the Lions.

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Romo (back) completed 22-of-34 passes for 299 yards, with two touchdowns and one interception during Sunday's win over Washington.

While he posted his fewest passing yards total since the 2010 season when he played just six games, Romo has a legitimate argument for some MVP votes this year after leading the Cowboys to a 12-4 record. He finished with 3,705 passing yards, with 34 touchdowns and just nine interceptions in 15 games, missing one contest after suffering two transverse fractures in his back. He enters the postseason with nine touchdowns in his last three games.

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Romo (back) is listed as active Sunday at Washington, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Although Jason Garrett has made it known that he won't rest his starters, Romo's chances of playing the entire contest are questionable, as there are only a few Week 17 outcomes in which the Cowboys move up from the No. 3 seed in the NFC with a victory. Thus, Garrett could opt to give Romo's season-long back issue a break, but not before taking aim at a Washington defense that has given up a league-high 33 touchdown passes this year.

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Though Todd Archer of relayed earlier this week that coach Jason Garrett plans to play his starters (including Romo, back) Sunday against Washington, he later noted "that doesn't mean he will play them the entire game."

While scenarios do exist in which the Cowboys could emerge from Week 17 with a seed higher than No. 3, per the team's official site, they aren't high-percentage outcomes, thus it's plausible that the team could exercise some caution with key cogs such as Romo (who has been banged up over the course of this season) as Sunday's game progresses.

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Romo (back) is probable for Sunday's game against Washington.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, coach Jason Garrett said Dallas won't rest its starters against Washington, so Romo theoretically could have a whole game to beat up Washington's weak secondary, blowout scenarios aside.

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Romo (back) practiced fully Thursday.

Romo's practice schedule -- no activity, followed by two full showings -- has been the same in advance of each of the five games since the Cowboys' Week 11 bye. The quarterback is unlikely to deviate from the script with one regular season practice remaining, but his sights are now set upon a Washington defense that ranks last in the league with 33 passing touchdowns yielded.

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Romo (back) returned to practice Thursday, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

Even if he participated with restrictions, Romo isn't in any danger of missing Sunday's game in Washington, which boasts a defense that has surrendered 301.8 passing yards per outing and 12 touchdown strikes to quarterbacks in the last four games.

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Romo (back) didn't practice Wednesday, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.

Romo is keeping up his typical practice schedule, which should include a return to drills Thursday after a veteran's day off. With the potential for a first-round bye dangling in front of the Cowboys, expect Romo to be full tilt Sunday at Washington against a defense that has allowed 301.8 yards per game and 12 touchdown passes to quarterbacks in the past four outings.

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Romo (back) completed 18 of 20 passes for 218 yards and four touchdowns in Sunday's 42-7 win over the Colts.

It's hard to play much better than Romo did Sunday. He systematically dismantled the Colts, slinging touchdowns to four different players. Romo has been on a tear this month, throwing for 10 touchdowns and no interceptions in three December games. He should be another surefire QB1 next weekend against Washington, with the caveat that the Cowboys may decide to rest or limit some of their starters if a first-round bye is no longer within reach.

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Romo (back) is active for Sunday's contest versus the Colts, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Because DeMarco Murray could be limited due to his healing left hand, Romo may sling it more than normal in Week 16. If the preceding comes to fruition, Romo will seek to buck a recent trend, namely an Indianapolis defense that has held signal callers to less than 200 yards passing in three of the past four games.