Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is unlikely to be active for Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, even though he is healthy to play, reports ESPN.com's Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan.
Romo has been practicing this week and it was reported earlier this week that his availability to actually play in games will be left up to the coaching staff.
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Romo has been out since he sustained a compression fracture in his back during the preseason and has not appeared in a regular season game since Nov. 26, 2015.
Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett says that Romo is day-to-day and has been moving and throwing well in practice.
“I think he's able to do everything,” Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott 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.”
Rookie Dak Prescott will again start for the Cowboys this weekend, as they try to pad their lead in the NFC East. Prescott has 12 touchdowns and two interceptions this season and has also run for four touchdowns.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said that when Romo is healthy he will be the team's No. 1 quarterback, but then said this week he doesn't know who will start once when Romo& gets the clearance to play.