Via ESPN – IRVING, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys remain hopeful Tony Romo will be able to play Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars in London after not playing against the Arizona Cardinals. Romo suffered two transverse process fractures in his back on Oct. 27 against the Washington Redskins. He will make the trip to London tonight, but he has not practiced on a Wednesday since Week 2, so he could continue to follow the same schedule.
He did not practice last week and he did not work out before the Cardinals’ game. Coach Jason Garrett said Romo received treatment on Monday.
“We never have the ‘have-tos,’ right,” Garrett said when asked what he would have to see from Romo this week in order to play. “There is never an ultimatum that he has to do this or he can’t do this. Hopefully he progresses. He’s gotten better and better every day since the injury, and hopefully he will feel better from a pain standpoint. And hopefully that will positively reflect his ability to move around and get some stiffness out of there. We’ve got a couple of days until we practice, so hopefully he’ll handle the flight well and he’ll get over there and blood will be flowing through his body. He’ll feel good and we’ll get to work.”
Garrett said Romo is on a normal timetable for people who have had the same injury.
“It comes to the second game about whether or not they’re able to play,” Garrett said, “so hopefully he makes progress in the next couple of days.”
Garrett was asked if he and owner and general manager Jerry Jones are putting pressure on Romo to return when they say the quarterback’s ability to play comes down to pain tolerance. Romo also said last week if it came down to pain tolerance he would play.
Without practicing last week, it was clearly about more than pain tolerance.
“I don’t think there is any external pressure that is any greater than any pressure that players put on themselves to play,” Garrett said. “If you have the right kinds of guys on your team, they want to play and they’re doing everything they can to play. And that’s practicing, and certainly come game time. You only get 16 of these games a year, so there’s a lot of time that goes into getting yourself ready, so if a player is capable of playing, he’s going to fight through the pain to play. That’s the big thing with Tony, just the functionality when he starts to move around. Is he able to function and do the things he needs to do as the week goes on?”
Left guard Ronald Leary did some rehab work Monday after missing the Arizona game with a groin strain. Garrett said the hope is Leary and right tackle Doug Free, who has missed the past three games with a foot injury, will be able to work into team drills this week.