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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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Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said Tony Romo (back) has progressed on schedule.
"He's throwing now, so he'll just keep doing more unless something concerns us," Jones said. "Everything is looking great." The comments aren’t much, but confirm Romo hasn’t had any setbacks. Romo is targeting a Week 8 return. Sep 23 - 7:34 PM

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tony Romo (back) had a "really good" exam before the game Sunday.

"Hopefully, soon, he’ll be out of the danger stage relative to his spine," Jones said, "probably 2-3 more weeks and we can see how far he wants to go by his own volition." Despite the "2-3 more weeks" optimism, Romo is highly unlikely to return before the team's Week 7 bye. Still, it appears he is trending in the right direction.
Sep 19 - 10:34 AM

Cowboys declared QB Tony Romo, DE Ryan Davis, S Kavon Frazier, RB Darius Jackson, OG Ronald Leary, OLB Mark Nzeocha and DE Charles Tapper inactive for Week 2 against the Redskins.

Romo is week to week with a back injury while Leary is out with a groin issue. Jack Crawford (shoulder), Orlando Scandrick (hamstring) and Geoff Swaim (ankle) are active for Dallas.
Sep 18 - 11:55 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tony Romo (back) expects to return "sooner rather than later."

"Romo is upbeat," Jones said. "[X-rays showed] nothing that would in any way get in the area of a setback or would show concern." The Cowboys decided not to put Romo on injured reserve, suggesting they expect him to return before Week 9. Dak Prescott was solid in the season opener, but the offense has a much higher ceiling with Romo under center. Dallas will want him back as soon as possible.
Sep 12 - 8:10 AM

Jerry Jones confirmed Tony Romo (back) will not be placed on injured reserve.

ESPN's Todd Archer reported as much Sunday, but the Cowboys insisted a decision had not been made. It sounds like it finally has. Jones said giving Romo the opportunity to return before Week 9 is more valuable than whomever Dallas could add with an extra roster spot. Romo is unlikely to return before the team's Week 7 bye.
Sep 6 - 9:57 AM

ESPN's Todd Archer reports the Cowboys plan to keep Tony Romo (back) on the active roster.

The decision indicates the Cowboys expect -- hope might be a better word -- Romo will be back before Week 9. The quarterback suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae in the third preseason game. Recovery timetables of anywhere from 4-to-10 weeks have been floated, but the back-end of those projections represent the most likely outcome.
Sep 4 - 11:32 PM

The Cowboys are expected to place Tony Romo (back) on injured reserve.

Romo will be the Cowboys' IR/designated for return player. He'll miss at least the first six games, and could be sidelined until midseason. Dak Prescott will open the year as Dallas' starter, with Mark Sanchez as the No. 2 quarterback.
Sep 3 - 4:41 PM

Citing multiple sources, Tony Romo (back) could miss closer to 8-10 weeks than the initially reported 6-10.

In other words, the Cowboys shouldn't be expecting Romo back until the more pessimistic side of initial estimates. Romo will undergo anther MRI this weekend, and "those results will dictate whether the Cowboys carry him on the 53-man roster or place him on injured reserve," from which Romo could be designated for return later in the season. Romo is expected to be out through Week 6 at the soonest, and the Cowboys have a bye in Week 7. It's looking more and more like Dak Prescott is a certainty to start until midseason, at which the Cowboys could have another tough decision to make if Prescott plays well.
Aug 31 - 9:52 PM

In a radio interview, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he is not sure when Tony Romo (back) will return.

"I don't know and don't know that anybody does," Jones said. "But it's quite a range there, four to six, six to eight, eight to (10)." A return after the team's Week 7 bye has been floated as the most likely scenario, but Jones said the team is still discussing whether or not to place Romo on injured reserve, which would keep him out at least the first eight weeks. Dak Prescott will open the season as the starter.
Source: ESPN
Aug 30 - 10:05 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Dak Prescott
2Mark Sanchez
3Tony Romo
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3Lance Dunbar
4Darius Jackson
5Darren McFadden
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Alfred Morris
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Keith Smith
2Rod Smith
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Lucky Whitehead
WR21Terrance Williams
2Brice Butler
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2Geoff Swaim
3James Hanna
LT1Tyron Smith
LG1La'El Collins
2Ronald Leary
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
RG1Zack Martin
RT1Doug Free
2Chaz Green
K1Dan Bailey