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Report: Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo May Not Be Ready For Week 9

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Explaining Why Tony Romo Is Not On Injured Reserve 1

When Dallas Cowboys franchise quarterback Tony Romo went down with a back injury in Seattle, early indications were that he would be set to return after the team's week 7 bye week.

Well, here we are, through week 7 and entering a critical week 8 match up with the Philadelphia Eagles for first place in the NFC East and Tony Romo is still not cleared to practice.

Firmly seated in the "Team Romo" camp, I had hoped that even if he couldn't make it back for this week's game, he would still be cleared for a triumphant week 9 return against the lowly Cleveland Browns.

Now, according to CBS Sports Analyst Jason La Canfora, even week 9 seems like a stretch. Yesterday La Canfora reported that Romo will undergo one final MRI this week, and then would need to wait to be cleared for full participation in practice. He then reported that the Cowboys have "no expectation" that Romo will be ready for the trip to Cleveland.

While many of us Cowboys faithful are holding out hope that Romo will in fact be ready for that game in Cleveland, it is hard to imagine a player who has missed significant time not practicing for much of a game week and then still playing. But, we have seen Romo magic in person before, so the hope can still be strong.

Dak Prescott's performance obviously gives the Cowboys some leeway with Romo's return, as they allow him to get healthy while Dak continues to win games. This freedom is something the Cowboys didn't have in 2015, resulting in a 4-12 record.

If La Canfora's report holds true, Romo will be ready for the team's week 10 visit to Pittsburgh. While we expected that game to feature two of the game's premier veteran quarterbacks, it seems realistic that game will match up Dak Prescott and Landry Jones for the first time in their careers.

Cowboys Nation is certainly sending well wishes to Tony Romo as he continues his road to recovery.

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  • Carol Leis

    I think it is great. …Tony Romo and Cowboys need to let Dak Prescott finish the season. Tony needs to step away.’s time.

    • Mike Young

      I agree with you Carol. It is so exciting to watch this Cowboys team with its new backfield. It’s been amazing so far. Let’s keep it going. Go Cowboys!

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Cowboys Sign Free Agent WR Deonte Thompson

Jess Haynie



Deonte Thompson

The Dallas Cowboys added some speed to their receiver corps today by signing free agent Deonte Thompson. He played for both the Chicago Bears and Buffalo Bills last season.

Thompson, who turned 29 last month, went undrafted in 2012. He had a quiet to start to his career as a reserve and practice squad guy in Baltimore and Chicago, but finally got a chance to shine with seven starts last year for the Bills. He 27 catches for 430 yards and one touchdown in just 11 games.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

The #Cowboys signed WR Deonte Thompson, per agent @davidcanter. He gets 1-year, $2.5M with a $1M signing bonus.

Deonte brings some much-needed speed to the Cowboys offense. He ran a 4.31 40-yard dash as a rookie, and while he's 29 now he still poses more of a vertical threat than the current Dallas receivers.

Given the low salary in this deal, Thompson may not be seen as much than a replacement for Brice Butler near the bottom of Dallas' depth chart. We also have to wait and see what happens with the draft and other moves this offseason to know where he fits into the bigger picture.

For now, though, Cowboys fans can take a little comfort in knowing the front office hasn't completely fallen asleep at the wheel.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

Sean Martin



Dallas Cowboys Sign LB Joe Thomas to 2 Year Deal

At long last, the Dallas Cowboys have their first free agent addition of this offseason. Having lost starters Jonathan Cooper and Anthony Hitchens at left guard and linebacker respectively, the team has added depth at LB with Joe Thomas signing a two-year deal.

The 2018 season will actually mark Joe Thomas' second stint with the Dallas Cowboys, as he was signed to their practice squad in 2015. The team that signed Thomas out of South Carolina State following the 2014 draft, the Green Bay Packers, added Thomas back to their active roster for the 2015 season.

Jon Machota on Twitter

Source: Cowboys have agreed to a 2-year deal with free agent LB Joe Thomas. He visited the Cowboys today. Thomas has played in 42 games over the last three seasons with the Packers. He had a career-high 70 tackles in 2016.

Thomas has spent the last three seasons starting eight games for the Packers, recording 70 tackles and an interception in 2016.

A contingency plan of Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith carrying the Cowboys for 16 games at LB requires adequate depth, which is exactly what the Cowboys are typically in the market for come free agency. Waiting longer than usual to make their first splash, the Cowboys absolutely need an addition like Thomas to perform better than last year's FA class.

Used in sub packages by the Packers while also playing special teams - where the Cowboys have lost core players in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber - Thomas will have a great chance to impress two new Dallas coaches in Ben Bloom and Keith O'Quinn.

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Cowboys Trade for FB Jamize Olawale from Raiders

Jess Haynie



Jamize Olawale, Raiders

Less than a week after the Cowboys lost fullback Keith Smith to the Raiders in free agency, the two teams have worked out a trade to send FB Jamize Olawale from Oakland to Dallas.

Ian Rapoport on Twitter

Fullback trade! The #Raiders are sending FB Jamize Olawale to the #Cowboys, sources say. Dallas has its fullback, one who was with Oakland since 2012.

To facilitate the trade, the Cowboys will send their fifth-round pick (173rd overall) to the Raiders for their sixth-round pick (192nd), moving back just 19 spots.

In return, Dallas not only brings in a veteran replacement at FB but a player they already know.

Jamize Olawale was an undrafted rookie free agent of the Cowboys in 2012. Despite a strong showing in that preseason, Dallas did not have room for him on the roster. He was on the team's practice squad until December, when Oakland poached him.

Since then, Olawale has been a regular roleplayer in the Raiders' offense. He's missed just six games since 2013.

Jamize brings more offensive firepower to the FB position than Keith Smith had. He's scored at least one touchdown in each of the last three seasons. He can be effective both running and receiving.

Through the trade, Dallas picks up the final year of Olawale's current contract. It calls for a $1.5 million base salary in 2018.

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