NFL notebook: Cowboys still unsure whether Romo will play
The Cowboys are a better team with Tony Romo on the field. They just don’t know if he’ll be on the field Sunday against the Jaguars in London.
The Cowboys (6-3) have lost two straight after going on a six-game winning streak.
Romo hurt his back for the third time in the past 18 months two weeks ago and then watched as backup Brandon Weeden struggled to get the offense going in another defeat Sunday.
Romo practiced Thursday for the first time since arriving in London, and he said his back was sore but getting better.
“You got to kind of test it out and see what you can do. You got to push it,” Romo said, sounding hopeful of playing against the Jaguars (1-8) on Sunday. “At the same time, you got to understand your body and be smart with it.”
• If Adrian Peterson is allowed to return to the Vikings this season, the reunion won’t happen swiftly. The NFL formally began a review of the star running back’s case for potential punishment under the league’s personal conduct policy. The NFL informed Peterson that his status on paid leave from the Vikings will not change until completion of the process. Peterson pleaded no contest in Texas on Tuesday to misdemeanor reckless assault, down from a felony charge of child abuse for disciplining his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch. Also, Nike terminated its endorsement deal with Peterson.
• The Minneapolis Police Department is re-evaluating its escort policy for teams after the recent crash of buses carrying the Redskins on their way to play the Vikings. Police spokesman John Elder said that the department will not be providing any escorts until that re-evaluation has been completed. Two buses transporting players, coaches and team personnel from the Redskins collided on an interstate exit ramp a few blocks from TCF Bank Stadium.
• Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury. Smith hurt his left foot in the first quarter of a game against Cincinnati on Oct. 26.
• The Jets will face the Dolphins in Week 4 in London next season, the league announced. The game will take place Oct. 4, 2015, at Wembley Stadium. Other games announced for next season include the Bills versus the Jaguars and the Lions against the Chiefs.