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Tony Romo participates in individual drills for first time since August


Tony Romo wasn’t a full participant in Dallas Cowboys practice on Wednesday, but he was spotted throwing the football during individual drills.

ESPN’s Todd Archer tweeted out evidence of Romo, clad in shorts and a t-shirt, tossing some passes to scouting department assistant Miles Austin, per The Dallas Morning News.

Romo’s limited practice activity marked the first of its kind since he suffered a compression fracture of the L1 vertebrae in the Cowboys’ Aug. 25 preseason game. He also participated in some individual throwing drills along with Dak Prescott and Mark Sanchez.

Most of Romo’s passes reportedly were in the range of 5-25 yards, but had nice velocity. The quarterback also appeared to be moving around well during the portion of the practice that the media could attend.

Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett was asked about Romo’s performance. Not surprisingly, he would say much.

“We’ll just take it day by day,” he said. “He’s had some good days of rehab lately.”

The problem with Romo is discussing his progress in rehab is a recurring theme over the past handful of seasons. Rookie signal-caller Dak Prescott has played far better than anyone possibly could have expected while leading the Cowboys to a 5-1 record, so the jumping-off point for any discussion involving Romo is there’s no reason to rush him.

From there, the case can be made — barring a collapse from Prescott — that there’s no reason to change what’s working. That may be unfortunate for Romo, who up to now in his career has always had the unwavering support of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

But if Prescott keeps winning football games and stays healthy? There’s a good chance Romo’s return to full health may be inconsequential, at least as far as this season is concerned.