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The Cowboys Reportedly Expect Tony Romo To Return By Week 7

Tony Romo could be back sooner than originally expected.

According to a report by CBS Sports, the Cowboys are "confident" that their starting quarterback will be back for Week 7. Dallas has a bye that week and then plays Philadelphia in Week 8.

It was first believed that Romo, who broke a bone in his back in a preseason game against Seattle, could miss up to 10 weeks.

From their report:

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo continues to make progress from the fractured vertebrae he suffered in his back in the third preseason game and is on target to play in Week 7. He was given a 6-10 week timeline when he suffered the initial injury, which is unrelated to his previous back issues, and he and the team are confident he can return after their Week 6 bye, sources said.

Romo should be cleared for further physical activity in another week and intends to travel with the Cowboys while rehabbing from the injury (another indication his back is improving, as air travel, even on a luxury charter flight, can be difficult). He is getting treatment around the clock, including the use of a hyperbaric chamber, and the Cowboys remain fully committed to him as their starter while promising rookie Dak Prescott takes over in a caretaker role.

The Cowboys did not put Romo on the IR, which will allow him to return at any time.

Dallas opens its season today at 4:25 p.m. E.T. against the Giants at AT&T Stadium. The contest will be televised on FOX.