IRVING, Texas - While he was able to return to practice two weeks ago, Tony Romo was back with the first-team unit for the first time since Week 2 back in September.
Romo sat out on Wednesday like he did most of last year, but returned to practice Thursday, running the show for the starting offensive unit as the Cowboys prepare for Sunday's game in Miami.
The starting quarterback had wide receiver Dez Bryant on a limited basis as he continues to rehab both his knee and foot throughout the week. Bryant has been limited the last two weeks during practice but has been able to play the last three games.
In meeting with the media on Wednesday, Romo said the only benefit from sitting out the last eight weeks is the rest he's been able to get on his back.
"I'm feeling good," he says. "I'll be ready."
Romo also said he expects to wear some kind of protective harness or padding on his left collarbone.
"I'm sure we'll be inventing something," he joked as he ended his press conference.
- Barry Church and Brice Butler were both on the field in uniform but worked with the strength coaches on a side field.
- Sean Lee and Brandon Carr were both practicing on Thursday and appear ready to play Sunday in Miami.
- The Cowboys ran 1-on-1 goal-line drills on Thursday. While Bryant sat out the entire drill, he did seem to convince the staff to give him one attempt from Romo, guarded by Byron Jones. Bryant caught a back-shoulder fade on Jones.
- Newly-signed cornerback Deji Olatoye had a couple of nice break-ups while guarding Terrance Williams. He swatted the pass away on a fade route and then cut Williams off on a slant, preventing any throw from Romo.
- Among the guests at Thursday's practice included Hall-of-Fame running back Earl Campbell and former NFL great Herman Moore, with his standout college quarterback at the University of Virginia, Shawn Moore.