Cowboys still haven’t totally moved on from the Tony Romo era

Oct 11, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones talks to injured starting quarterback Tony Romo before the game against the New England Patriots at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Erich Schlegel-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been nearly two months since Tony Romo announced his retirement, but the Dallas Cowboys still haven’t made a clean break with the four-time Pro Bowl quarterback.

Romo’s locker remains unoccupied, and no one on the current roster is wearing his old No. 9, according to ESPN. The 37-year-old has yet to file his retirement paperwork and hasn’t completely shut the door on a possible comeback, telling reporters in April that he’s 99 percent sure he won’t return for another season.

The Cowboys effectively ended the Romo era in Dallas last season, when rookie Dak Prescott was named the starter early in the year to replace the injured veteran and then Prescott’s role became permanent late in the season. The team was expected to trade Romo in the offseason, but he abruptly called it a career in April.

Could the Cowboys be planning to retire Romo’s number, joining Don Meredith, Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman as the only quarterbacks in franchise history to have that honor?

Romo will most likely lose his locker before seeing another player don No. 9. Head coach Jason Garrett has placed team leaders at different corners of the locker room, a location Romo’s locker currently occupies.