Boy, have the Dallas Cowboys been longing to witness this.
Dallas starting quarterback Tony Romo returned to practice on Wednesday afternoon for the first time since breaking his left collarbone in a Week 2 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles, not coincidentally the last time the 2-5 Cowboys emerged victorious from a contest.
Not pictured undergoing any football activities since sustaining the gruesome injury on September 20, Romo participated in warm-ups with the team before taking part in individual drills and throwing a plethora of routes with his wide receivers.
Sporting a bulky pair of shoulder pads, the 13-year veteran tossed routes to wideouts Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Devin Street, and Vince Mayle in addition to tight end Jason Witten, while quarterbacks Matt Cassel and Brandon Weeden worked on handoffs with the running back corps.
Romo completed on each of his pass attempts, albeit without any defensive pressure.
Despite the fact that, being on the injured reserve/designated to return list, the four-time Pro Bowler is not eligible to return to game action until Dallas' Week 11 matchup against the Miami Dolphins, Romo's presence in his first day of practice eligibility is certainly an encouraging sight for Cowboys fans.
Dallas supporters have been subjected to a wealth of mediocre quarterback play in Romo's absence as the team has lost five consecutive games. Cassel, who will receive the entirety of the first-team reps this week in practice before starting the Cowboys' contest against the Eagles this Sunday night, has completed 58 percent of his passes for 324 yards, one touchdown, three interceptions, and a Total QBR of just 27.9 in two starts this season.
After throwing three picks in a loss to the New York Giants in Week 7, Cassel struggled with accuracy in last week's 13-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, completing just 13 of his 25 pass attempts for just 97 yards while failing to lead his team on a touchdown drive.
Romo, on the other hand, began the 2015 season by leading to Cowboys to a narrow 27-26 victory over the Giants in Week 1 with a go-ahead touchdown connection with Witten in the final minute of the contest. The 2014 Second-Team All-Pro completed 36 of his 45 pass attempts in the game, throwing for 356 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
He followed that up by completing 19 of his first 27 attempts for 195 yards in Dallas' victory over Philadelphia the ensuing week before sustaining the injury in the third quarter of the contest.
Romo holds the Cowboys franchise records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, games with 300+ yards passing, games with three plus passing touchdowns, most career fourth quarter comebacks and game-winning drives, and consecutive games with a touchdown pass.