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September 24, 2011

Romo practices, 'looks good,' Witten says, even takes a hit from linebacker

Tony Romo practiced with his teammates for the first time on Saturday since suffering a fractured rib in last week's game.

Wearing a protective vest, Romo took snaps from center and threw passes without showing signs of labor from the injury.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Romo was still being evaluated and that he was day to day. But tight end Jason Witten offered up the real sentiment from the locker room after practice when he said there was no doubt in his mind that Romo was playing against the Redskins.

"He looked good," Witten said.

He looked so good that Romo was apparently able to withstand a shot from linebacker Victor Butler in practice, according to incredulous defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.

"I think that was a mistake," Ryan said. "I hope it was a mistake. I was like, 'Oh my God, probably not what we’re looking for'. Great effort, though."

The Cowboys came back and said Romo wasn't officially tackled in practice.

-- Clarence Hill Jr.

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