Jason Garrett: Tony Romo ‘making progress’ in recovery

Dallas Cowboys injured quarterback Tony Romo watches his team from the sidelines against the New England Patriots.
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By Jason Rowan

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett on Wednesday said that while Tony Romo has a long way to go in his recovery from a fractured left clavicle, the quarterback is “making progress.”

“Obviously he can’t do anything on the practice field, he’s four games away from doing it,” Garrett said, via The Dallas Morning News. “But I think he’s made progress, he’s moving around better. I think there is some things that are uncomfortable for him, but I think as you look at how he’s healed, everything has been positive up to this point.”

Romo reportedly was not wearing a sling while he worked out on an elliptical machine Wednesday, an encouraging sign. But as Garrett noted, Romo is at this point not yet throwing, although that’s hardly an issue given the timetable concerning Romo’s ultimate return to the field.

Since the Cowboys placed him on the injured reserve/designated to return list following the injury, suffered in a Sept. 20 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Romo isn’t eligible to return to the active roster until Nov. 18, meaning the first game his would be able to play in would be the Cowboys’ Nov. 22 game against the Miami Dolphins. Romo can return to practice, though, on Nov. 4, meaning he has a few weeks yet to work himself back into condition to where he can at least toss the ball around and beginning testing his injured collarbone in earnest.

The Cowboys, meanwhile, are in the midst of a three-game losing streak since eking out a victory in the game Romo was injured. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said recently he worries that “it might be to late” for the team to save its season by the time Romo and wide receiver Dez Bryant return. Stopping the slide certainly would help alleviate his concerns.

After all, the Cowboys need to get hot soon if Romo has any hope of making good on his promise to Tom Brady.

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