Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan of ESPN report that Cowboys QB Tony Romo is not expected to be active for Sunday’s game against the Steelers, despite receiving medical clearance earlier in the week.
On Wednesday, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that Romo feels he has recovered from the compression fracture in his back and is now ready and capable of playing and taking hits. According to Werder, it’s now a coaching decision as to when Romo will be available to play and not a medical decision.
Following Sunday’s win over the Browns, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones did not rule out Romo being active in Week 10.
“Unlike last week, I wouldn’t speculate,” Jones said. “I don’t know. But he will do more. And he’s really doing things that are strong relative to last year’s strength. He’s ahead of last year.”
Previous reports have pegged Week 10 as the earliest date in which Romo would be back. However, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Dallas is comfortable sticking with rookie QB Dak Prescott as their starter and buying Romo additional time to ensure he’s 100 percent healthy before he’s active for a game.
Even then, it seems unlikely that the Cowboys would make a change at quarterback or at least until Prescott struggles.
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.
We’ll have more regarding Romo and his return as the news is available.