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Tony Romo | Quarterback | #9

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (36) / 4/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 230
College: Eastern Illinois
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MMQB's Albert Breer reports Tony Romo (back) could resume training in as little as three weeks.
Breer reports Romo avoided any ligament damage in his back, giving him a three-to-six week timetable to resume training. He will need several more weeks to get back in football shape after he resumes training, but this timeline at least suggests Romo could return after the Week 7 bye. Preseason darling Dak Prescott will start while Romo is sidelined. Aug 29 - 10:56 AM

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Cowboys COO Stephen Jones "can’t imagine a scenario" where Tony Romo (back) is not the starting quarterback when healthy.

On its face, that sounds like a strong statement, but Jones qualified the comments just seconds later. "But things happen. You know that. You know what happened to Bledsoe and Brady," Jones continued. "I’m sure Tony’s aware of that. But the reality is, Tony’s going to come back for us and play great, we believe." The reality is Romo being able to get healthy is a bigger question than his spot on the depth chart if he is able to get back on the field, but Jones leaving any wiggle room is at the very least interesting.
Source: MMQB
Aug 29 - 10:04 AM

Updating previous items, the Dallas Morning News says Tony Romo's (back) "best case" return would be after the Cowboys' Week 7 bye.

That would entail Romo missing six games, and eight weeks altogether. In all likelihood, preseason star Dak Prescott is going to make at least six starts to open the season. He is a QB2 with upside in a talented Dallas offense.
Aug 27 - 3:31 PM

ESPN Dallas reports Tony Romo's specific injury is a "compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae."

Romo will not require surgery, meaning he'll need rest and rehab to heal. 6-10 weeks continues to be the most common timetable discussed, while NFL Network reported Romo won't return until midseason in a "best case scenario." Romo is 36 years old with a long history of back injuries. If Dak Prescott plays well early in the season, the Cowboys may be forced to ride the rookie. That makes Prescott worth grabbing in all two-quarterback leagues. The Cowboys also have a very favorable schedule. Prescott will be in play immediately in DFS.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Aug 27 - 3:23 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's "understanding" is that Tony Romo (back) would return "by midseason" in a "best-case scenario."

For whatever it's worth, RapSheet adds Romo "broke a different bone" in his back "than last time," when Romo suffered a fracture in 2014. Whenever Romo is deemed ready to play, RapSheet says he will likely need pre-game epidurals. The timeline being thrown around by most reporters is 6-to-10 weeks, though six weeks is obviously on the optimistic side. The Cowboys will open the season playing slow-paced, run-first football with two rookies in the backfield (Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott) and a talent-deficient defense. Romo should be scratched off of fantasy-draft cheatsheets.
Aug 27 - 3:04 PM

Profootballtalk.com reports the Cowboys anticipate Tony Romo (back) missing 6-10 weeks.

Citing a source with knowledge of the situation, PFT's Mike Florio reports Romo would "in a best case scenario" return in Week 5 against the Bengals. So rookie Dak Prescott is set up to make at least four starts, if not more depending on the pace of 36-year-old Romo's recovery. Although Prescott has played well this preseason, losing Romo is a touchdown-projection blow to the rest of Dallas' skill-position players, including Dez Bryant and Ezekiel Elliott. At least in the case of Elliott, he should be saddled up for a mammoth workload.
Aug 27 - 2:53 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett revealed Saturday that Tony Romo has a broken bone in his back.

The broken bone was revealed on an MRI. Garrett insists the injury "isn't related" to any of Romo's previous back injuries. (He's undergone two career surgeries on his back.) Garrett provided no timetable for Romo to return and "stressed that his situation is day by day." Garrett compared Romo's latest back injury to an injury he played through in 2014, when Romo made it through 15 starts but was severely hobbled at times. Garrett added that he's "heard a whole range of possibilities about when Romo could return," but "none of those possibilities include being out all year." Preseason star Dak Prescott will almost certainly be the Cowboys' starter in Week 1 against the Giants, and quite possibly beyond.
Aug 27 - 2:44 PM

Tony Romo (back) says he feels "stronger than ever."

"I feel good about the fact that was as tough a hit I’ve taken in the last five years," Romo said. "From that regard, I feel lucky I can hold up and keep going." Romo escaped Dallas’ third preseason game with only back tightness. He could still undergo an MRI, but it would be for precautionary reasons. Romo should be fully healthy for Week 1.
Source: ESPN
Aug 26 - 5:21 PM

Appearing on the Cowboys' telecast during Thursday night's preseason game, Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones insisted Tony Romo is "not injured."

Jones referred to Romo's back as "tight or jammed," and reiterated that the Cowboys rested Romo after just three snaps on a "coaches' decision." Expect the team to take it easy on Romo for the remainder of August and into early September. The Cowboys open the season on September 11 against the Giants.
Aug 25 - 11:46 PM

Tony Romo exited the Cowboys' third preseason game after just three snaps due to a back injury.

The Cowboys got a major scare when Romo twisted his back at the end of a short scramble. He shook it off on the sideline and pleaded with coach Jason Garrett to reenter, but the Cowboys understandably didn't think it was worth it. Later, the Cowboys' broadcast said Romo's back was "tight" and he could have gone back in, but was held out on a "coach's decision." While Romo should be fine for Week 1, this was a reminder of his fragility at age 36.
Aug 25 - 10:30 PM

Tony Romo left the Cowboys' third preseason game with a back injury.

Romo's back was bent awkwardly at the end of a short scramble, and he appeared to be in a ton of pain on the ground. On the sideline, Romo stretched out his back and quickly looked to be asking to reenter, keeping his helmet on. We will update when more info becomes available, but Romo may have just gotten a scare. He has undergone two career back surgeries.
Aug 25 - 10:14 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tony Romo is "moving around well" in camp.

Romo's positional coach said he was dealing with some back "stiffness" early in camp, but that appears to have been much ado about nothing. Seemingly healthy, Romo has earned praise for his performance thus far this offseason. "He came in ready to go," Garrett said. "He was sharp from the outset. He looks fresh to me." Romo will have a tough time recreating his hyper-efficient 2014 campaign, but he has the upside to be a low-end QB1.
Source: ESPN
Aug 18 - 9:35 AM

Cowboys QB coach Wade Wilson said Tony Romo is dealing with some "stiffness" in his back.

The issue does not seem to be limiting him in any way and could be something he has dealt with for several years. That said, it is a good reminder Romo has had serious back problems during his career in addition to the collarbone injuries which ended last season. The 36-year-old carries more injury risk than most other quarterbacks.
Aug 2 - 10:02 AM

The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota called a picture that surfaced of Tony Romo seemingly depicting Romo overweight "bad camera work."

Romo appeared to be trying to jog off a dad bod in the poorly-angled photo, but other pictures clearly show he is plenty trim. Machota insists Romo is "not overweight" and admitted the picture was "poor camera work on my part." A known gym rat, Romo's conditioning is not a concern for his 2016 fantasy outlook.
Jul 31 - 11:15 PM

Tony Romo believes he could play another five seasons.

Spoken like a true Jerry Jones acolyte. Romo remains elite on the field, but has had increasing trouble staying there. He hasn't appeared in all 16 games since 2012, and was limited to four starts by collarbone issues last year. Romo turned 36 last month. Realistically, he's a year-to-year proposition at this stage of his career.
May 26 - 6:36 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Dak Prescott
2Jameill Showers
3Tony Romo
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3Lance Dunbar
4Darius Jackson
5Darren McFadden
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Lance Dunbar
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Lucky Whitehead
4Rodney Smith
5Richard Mullaney
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
3Andy Jones
4Devin Street
5Chris Brown
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
4Geoff Swaim
5Rico Gathers
LT1Tyron Smith
2Bryan Witzmann
LG1La'El Collins
2Ronald Leary
3Boston Stiverson
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
3Jake Brendel
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
2Chaz Green
3Ryan Mack
K1Dan Bailey
2Matt Wile