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Cowboys Leaning Towards Keeping Tony Romo On Active Roster, Hope He’s Back Soon

Update:

Clarence Hill reports that the Cowboys have not yet made a final decision regarding QB Tony Romo‘s roster spot.

Hill says that a decision from Dallas will come on Tuesday, but they’re “leaning” towards keeping Romo of their 53-man roster.

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Todd Archer of ESPN reports that the Cowboys plan to keep QB Tony Romo on their active roster in the hope that he can return sooner rather than later from back compression fracture.

This is an interesting move by the Cowboys, as they could have placed Romo on injured reserve with the designation to return. However, that would have cost him a good portion of the season, and there has been some optimism that he can return sooner than expected.

Romo would up undergoing an MRI on his back last week, which revealed that Romo has a broken bone in his back.

The Cowboys will open the year with rookie QB Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback, but they did bring in Mark Sanchez to back him up.

Romo, 36, is in the third year of his seven-year, $119.5 million contract that included $55 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $8.5 million (2016), $14 million (2017), $19.5 million (2018) and $20.5 million (2019).

In 2015, Romo threw for 884 yards while completing 68.6 percent of his passes to go along with five touchdowns and seven interceptions over the course of four games for the Cowboys.