Decision on Tony Romo's return on hold

Updated: December 14, 2010, 11:45 AM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- Until the Dallas Cowboys determine Tony Romo is completely healthy, they will not make a decision on whether he will play again in 2010.

Romo suffered a broken left collarbone on Oct. 25 against the New York Giants and was looking at 6-8 week rehab period with the Christmas night game at Arizona as the most likely return date.

Romo has been throwing in practice the last two weeks and interim coach Jason Garrett said Monday that Romo is being evaluated on a day-to-day basis.

"We didn't anticipate him being ready at this point," Garrett said. "But again we want to evaluate how he's doing. The biggest thing with his injury is not only being functional but for him to be able to protect himself. He's been throwing the last couple of weeks in one-on-one situations in practice just to stay loose. I think he's been fine doing that, but we'll just continue to evaluate it."

Garrett said the goal is to win as many games as possible, even though the Cowboys (4-9) have been eliminated from the playoff chase. The coach acknowledged Romo will be rusty after a two-month absence. After missing three games in 2008 with a fractured right pinky finger, Romo completed 19-of-27 passes for 198 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 14-10 win at Washington. He threw six touchdowns to just one interception in his next two games.

"It's important for all players to practice, practice competitively before they play," Garrett said. "I think that applies to everybody but maybe most to quarterbacks. You need to have a little rhythm and feel like you're comfortable playing within the offense regardless of how many snaps you've taken in the past."

Todd Archer covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his mailbag.

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