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Minor Changes to Practice Schedule Provides Added Reps For Tony Romo

FRISCO, Texas – On the heels of Tony Romo's emotional statement to the media and fans, the Cowboys got back to work on Wednesday.

Head coach Jason Garrett tried to have a "business as usual" approach.

Although the business was a little bit altered, seeing that Wednesday was the first practice in 10 years in which a healthy Tony Romo didn't get first-team snaps.

But, he did get a few more than backups usually receive in a current practice, although Garrett said not at the expense of starter Dak Prescott.

"Dak (got) his normal reps but we're going to try to get Tony some opportunities at the end of those periods," Garrett said. "But Dak's reps will not change."

Garrett said the entire practice schedule was altered to find some extra time for team period, where Romo would get some extra snaps.

"We've adjusted practices in other ways so we'll have a few more plays in the team period, we'll be shorter in other spots of practice," Garrett said.

The coach was asked if he was getting two different game plans ready for the Ravens, but didn't exactly agree with the premise.

"Not necessarily. One of the best things that Dak has done he's been able to allow us to run our offense," said Garrett. "There's certain things that he's comfortable doing that we certainly have tried to emphasize but there's never been a situation that we can't do this with Dak and similarly there's not going to be a situation where we can't do this with Tony."

Romo, who suffered a broken bone in his back during the third preseason game in Seattle back in late August, has not only missed the first nine games, but only had full participation in practice last week.

He has yet to suit up for a game this year but owner Jerry Jones announced last week that he would be active for Sunday's game against the Ravens, but as the backup to Prescott.

The Cowboys have won eight straight games for the second time in team history and the first since 1977. The team has a chance to not only become the first team in franchise history to win nine consecutive games, but has never defeated the Ravens, losing the first four meetings.

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