Report: Tony Romo received ‘positive feedback’ after MRI on back

By Jesse Reed
Aug 25, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is attended to after getting injured during the first quarter during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s recovery is going well, and an MRI last week provided Romo and the ‘Boys with reason for optimism, according to Jon Machota of Dallas News.

Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is encouraged by what he’s seen from Romo.

“I don’t think he’s really getting carried away with drops, but he’s stepping through and throwing,” Linehan said. “It looks like he feels good, and he tells me he does feel good. Where exactly that is, I think he’s just progressing daily.

“We’re just kind of taking it day by day with where he’s at. But he does look better to me — he looks more comfortable. We’ll see. I’m excited about him coming back.”

He’s been out of commission since breaking a bone in his back against the Seattle Seahawks in the preseason.

The Cowboys are reportedly targeting Week 8 for Romo to return to action (more on that here). If that is indeed what occurs, then Romo’s first test of the 2016 season would be against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Head coach Jason Garrett said Romo is throwing the ball “a little bit this week already,” and will continue to do it.

He made it clear most of Romo’s recovery is happening off the field still at this point, while adding, “Like with all our players, when you do work, the biggest thing is how do you respond to the work? How does he feel the day afterwards? You make those adjustments as you go.”

In Romo’s absence, the Cowboys have a 3-1 record, and rookie quarterback Dak Prescott remains interception free.

Despite the strong play of the fourth-round pick out of Mississippi State, there is no quarterback competition happening. When Romo is healthy enough to play, he will lead Dallas’ offense.