Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was absent from Wednesday's bye week practice. The team will have the rest of the week off.
Romo hasn't practiced since injuring his back almost eight weeks ago in the third preseason game.
Romo's absence from practice is a sign that he'll likely miss the Oct. 30 game against the Philadelphia Eagles following the bye week, when Dak Prescott is expected to make his seventh start.
The rookie quarterback has led the Cowboys to a 5-1 record and is an early MVP candidate.
The following week is in jeopardy as well for Romo. The Cowboys will head on the road to Cleveland to face the Browns on Nov. 6. That is a potential target for Romo to be healthy, but that doesn't necessarily mean he'll return as the starting quarterback.
Romo needs to get healthy, but he also needs to get in game shape. That includes knocking off the rust and reestablishing quarterback-wide receiver timing.