Tony Romo has yet to be activated from short-term injured reserve. And on Wednesday, he wasn't seen on the practice field. But the Cowboys quarterback is preparing to play against the Dolphins on Sunday.
It would be Romo's first game since he fractured his left collarbone in Week 2. Back then, things were pretty good. Dallas was on its way to a 2-0 record and a promising season was in the works. But since Romo's injury, the Cowboys haven't won and they are now a long shot to make the playoffs.
"I want everyone to know we're not done yet," Romo said.
That message was delivered on Tuesday via Twitter, when Romo posted a clip from the movie Major League in which Tom Berenger's character tells his Cleveland Indians teammates that not only are they not finished but that they should go and try to win it all.
"I think at no point when you play this game do you envision being 2-7," Romo said. "I think no one thought we'd be in this position and, you know, we are. You just to have to accept that and understand where we are and from here it's mostly about winning one game, winning this week . If you can get on a roll, I think that can carry over a little bit and I think the guys played well and they are continuing to get better each week. Now we just have to figure out a way to get the results."
Romo's return gives the Cowboys hope that they can.
But he's not a miracle worker. And coach Jason Garrett doesn't want Romo to try to be one.
"Do your job," Garrett said. "Know your job. Do your job. Be dependable. Be accountable. Those are messages we're constantly trying to instill in your guys. When you have a great competitive spirit sometimes you want to do more. And that's a good thing for your team. You want to have guys like that but at the same time you got to go back and do what you're supposed to do and Tony really understands that balance."
Newton still dancing?
As the Panthers began their preparations for Sunday's game against Washington, they weren't about to stop dancing.
Fullback Mike Tolbert did the "hit dem folks" while stretching. Running back Jonathan Stewart did the dab.
Quarterback Cam Newton, at the epicenter of all the dancing talk in the NFL since Sunday, did a popular dance from Drake's Hotline Bling music video.
There were people who took offense and people who loved Newton's dance Sunday after scoring against the Titans. Will he dance at this week's game?
"What's today? Wednesday?" he asked coyly. "I think we're going to have to find that out on Sunday."
Jets-Texans: New York quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick expects to start at Houston on Sunday despite not practicing and his left (nonthrowing) thumb being in a bit more pain after having surgery Friday for a torn ligament. Texans quarterback Brian Hoyer missed practice because of a concussion and is questionable.
Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers was limited in practice with a right shoulder injury but said he was not concerned about his availability for Sunday's game at the NFC North-leading Vikings, who are a game ahead of Green Bay.
Ravens: Center Jeremy Zuttah went on injured reserve with a partially torn pectoral muscle, ending a run of 65 consecutive starts. The former Buc might have been able to play with the injury, but the team decided it's best to have surgery now. John Urschel becomes the starter.
Redskins: Running back Silas Redd was suspended four games without pay while on injured reserve for violating the NFL's policy for substances of abuse.