On Wednesday, for the first time since breaking his left collarbone against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 20, Tony Romo practiced. He took part in warm-ups, did some individual drills and even threw a little bit.

But don’t get too excited, Cowboys fans. Romo remains on the injured reserve/designated to return list and, under league rules, is not eligible to play until a Nov. 22 road game against Miami.

“(The Cowboys) cannot (move his timetable up),” NFL Network national insider Ian Rapoport said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “He’s doing really well. He is seemingly healing. He actually was throwing yesterday, which is a really good sign. But he cannot come back this week. He can’t come back next week. It has to be the week after. That’s just NFL rules.”

Romo went down during a 20-10 win over Philly in Week 2, and the Cowboys (2-5) haven’t won since. Brandon Weeden went 0-3 as a starter, while Matt Cassel has gone 0-2. That duo has averaged 197.8 passing yards per game during that stretch and has combined for just two touchdowns and five interceptions. Dallas is averaging 17.2 points in its last five games, including 12.7 in its last three.

Needless to say, Dallas needs Romo back. Desperately.

“I think it’s too bad for the Cowboys,” Rapoport said. “If any team could use a starting quarterback, I think it’s safe to say it’s them, but their hands are tied because of a rule they really have no chance but to (follow).”

Moving to the AFC, Andrew Luck is having arguably his worst season as a pro – and certainly his worst since his rookie season. He’s completing just 54.9 percent of his passes and has 13 touchdowns to 12 interceptions. In fact, he’s thrown at least two picks in five games this year.

The Colts responded by firing offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton.

What’s going on in Indy?

“Here’s my understanding of Luck,” Rapoport began. “He had a rib issue that he was getting treatment on. I was told (it was) not broken. I know other reports are different, but what I was told was it’s not broken. Now he’s healthy. My understanding is right now he’s 100 percent healthy. Now, mentally, I’m not sure that’s the case. I think he’s really battling some things mentally and emotionally, but as far as actually physically, Luck is okay. And now it’s like, if he’s not injured, which he’s not, then what is actually wrong with him? I think that’s the kind of thing the Colts are really going to try to figure out right now with their new off coordinator, Rob Chudzinski.”


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