But after the tests were performed Monday, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett declared that Romo returning to team drills as he recovers from compression fractures in his back was “a little bit further down the road.”
“[Romo] is working hard with our trainers, he’s working hard with our strength coaches, he has been throwing a little bit the last week or so,” Garrett said, via Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Depending on how he feels with the work, you try to ramp him up each day as we go.
“It takes a lot of feedback, the player has to be honest with you about how he’s feeling, then you make your decisions from there.”
Of course, Garrett sidestepped the major question, which centers on the future of the position considering how well rookie Dak Prescott has played in Romo’s stead.
“You certainly want to have competitive situations on your team, there’s no question about that,” Garrett said. “One of the things that we’ve really strived to do a better job of with our team this year is if someone does go down, have a guy who can go in there who can play and allow us to function.”
There’s been no question Prescott has functioned. After watching non-Romo quarterbacks torpedo seasons in the past (including a ridiculous 1-11 last year), having a guy who can actually play is making the Cowboys consider things they never have.