IRVING, Texas – Romo Wednesdays don't apply to the bye week, it seems.
The Cowboys underwent the first of two bye week practices on a chilly Wednesday at Valley Ranch, and Romo was in attendance with his helmet on.
Of course, the workload this week is much lighter than a typical Wednesday, as Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the bye week practices will be akin to walkthroughs. It was still surprising to see Romo suited up for practice, as Garrett said Tuesday he likely would not have a heavy workload this week.
"There is probably a handful of guys on our team who have been dealing with stuff that won't do a lot," Garrett said.
Of course, Romo's presence at practice doesn't mean much. Garrett said the bye week practices will only last about an hour, and will be light – though apparently the Cowboys feel good enough about Romo's back injury to let him attend the workout.
The same goes for Rolando McClain, who was dressed out for practice after missing all of last week with knee and groin injuries. McClain was active for Sunday night's game against Jacksonville, though he did not play a snap.
"Rolando is one of those guys who has been dealing with a few different things over the course of the season and has done a good job managing the week, practicing on Friday and getting himself ready to play in the game," Garrett said Tuesday.
McClain has been battling the groin injury since the Week 2 win against Tennessee, and he suffered the knee problem against Arizona on Nov. 2. The off week should give him a much-needed chance to rest both problem areas.
The only players who did not dress for practice were Tyrone Crawford and Tyler Patmon, both of whom are dealing with MCL injuries. Crawford missed the game against Jacksonville, while Patmon left the game with injuries to his knee and ankle.
Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said Tuesday night that Patmon is likely to miss two to four weeks.