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“The degree of the injury is really the issue,” Garrett said. “It really swelled up on him soon after (the opener). He didn’t have very much flexibility at all, all throughout last week. We were all hopeful and optimistic but it’s just been a progression. I think it’s gotten better as the days have gone by.”

The offensive line remains a carousel, too. Starters Phil Costa and Derrick Dockery were out with knee injuries. Dockery moved into the lineup last week because Bill Nagy (knee) was hurt, but Nagy was back Thursday.

A patched-together line isn’t exactly the best way to protect Romo, should he come back, but the Cowboys will have no choice.

There was some good news: cornerback Terence Newman (groin) practiced for the first time since early August.

“It’s great to have a Pro Bowl corner, a mainstay like Terence, an experienced guy who knows how to get prepared and can go out and challenge a team’s top receiver,” safety Abe Elam said.