The Dallas Cowboys have thrived in the first six games of the season, winning five straight games after dropping the season opener. But the Cowboys entered the season with their sights set on going deep in the postseason, and it seems highly unlikely Jason Garrett's squad can serious push at the Super Bowl without their top offensive weapons, and two remain sidelined.
Tony Romo, who has yet to play a game this season due to a back injury, did not practice the team this week, and there is no word as to whether he will be able to be active ahead of an Oct. 30 date with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, Romo has reportedly done some drills.
His last appearance came in a preseason game on Aug. 23 when he suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra.
The 36-year-old was never placed on injured reserve because he would have had to sit out the first eight weeks of the season. Cowboys president Jerry Jones initially believed the veteran quarterback could return before Week 8 or 9, and since he didn't require surgery and wasn't related to previous back issues, the recovery time was expected to be up to 10 weeks.
Dak Prescott has performed admirably in Romo's place. The rookie has a 103.9 quarterback rating, completing 68.7 percent of his passes for 1,486 yards. While Prescott has exceeded expectations, there are concerns over his ability to maintain this pace over the course of the season.
The news is more encouraging for Dez Bryant, who suffered a slight hairline fracture in his injured right knee. The star wideout suffered the injury on Sept. 25 in Week 3, but reportedly came close to playing against Green Bay on Sunday.
On Wednesday, Bryant said he cut his fingers cutting carrots but described it as "extremely, extremely minor." The 27-year-old has been running routes, so it seems likely he will be back in action against the Eagles.
Bryant has 11 receptions for 150 yards this season.