Tony Romo Injury: Updates on Cowboys QB's Recovery from Minor Back Surgery

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 21, 2013

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has big expectations ahead of him after signing a six-year, $108 million contract to stay in Big D. He will get off to a late start, though, as minor back surgery forced the 33-year-old signal-caller to miss organized team activities. 


UPDATE: Monday, August 5, at 11:25 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

From ESPN's Jean-Jacques Taylor:

'Heck yeah,' said [Tony] Romo, when asked if he's playing in the next game. 'Unless something weird happens and we sit everybody again.'

Romo participated in pre-game warmups and spent the game on the sideline in uniform, but didn't play because coach Jason Garrett treated this game as a showcase for his younger players.

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UPDATE: Sunday, August 4, at 6:15 p.m ET by Tom Kinslow

From Stacey Dales of the NFL Network:

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UPDATE: Friday, August 2, at 9:15 a.m ET by Sam Westmoreland

ESPN's Ed Werder has the latest updates on Romo's status for Sunday's Hall of Fame Game. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 30, at 9:10 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin's Nick Eatman has the latest on Tony Romo:

Whether it’s for three plays, one long series or an entire quarter, Tony Romo said he wants to play in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. 

After Monday’s practice, Romo spoke in length to reporters and reiterated that it won’t be his decision, but at least revealed his preference.

'Sure. I always like to play,' Romo said. 'But we’ll do whatever the coach says. That’s part of being a team. We’ve got to get some guys some looks and do some things.'

... When asked if missing the entire offseason because of minor back surgery means he needed to take more preseason reps, Romo said the amount he would play against the Dolphins wouldn’t be enough to make a huge difference.

'I don’t know that first series, if I did play, it would be a series, whether you went eight plays or three plays, I’m not sure how much that is going to affect that.' 

'Saying that, I still want to play every time I suit up. Every time I step out there your juices are flowing and you want to compete. From that perspective, yeah. But whatever the coaches want.'

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 25, at 1:37 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

ESPN's Todd Archer has the latest on Romo:

Romo did not take part in the organized team activities and minicamp because he was recovering form surgery to remove a cyst from his back in April. He had to work more on his conditioning than his throwing before training camp started. 

In the first three days of on-field work, Romo has completed 46 of 63 passes in team and seven-on-seven drills. He has been intercepted twice. 

The Cowboys are monitoring his throws in on-air drills in order to keep his arm fresher for the team and seven-on-seven drills. 

“I think he’s gotten better and better every day,” Garrett said. “Clearly when he first started practicing on the first day he wasn’t quite himself, but the second day he was better and the third day he was better. 

"He’s moving around. You see him get away from the line of scrimmage. You see him react like he normally reacts. The ball is coming out of his hand better. He’s just not quite as stiff. He hasn’t been in this environment for a little while”

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 UPDATE: Thursday, July 18, at 11:30 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

ESPN's Calvin Watkins has the latest on Romo's status after undergoing back surgery. 

The Dallas Cowboys' medical staff has cleared quarterback Tony Romo to begin practicing when training camp starts on Sunday, according to a source.

Romo underwent minor surgery to have a non-cancerous cyst removed from his back in April. The surgery prevented Romo from participating in offseason workouts other than some light throwing in walk-through practices.

Romo and team officials have said he wasn't practicing as more of a precaution.

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UPDATE: Monday, July 8, at 11 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

ESPN's Ed Werder has the latest on Tony Romo's recovery from minor back surgery:

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According to Todd Archer of, Romo had a cyst removed from his back this offseason, so he will be unable to take part in OTAs.

Archer is reporting that Romo will miss at least the next three weeks, but he should be back in action by training camp, assuming his recovery goes well.

Nick Eatman of the Cowboys' official team website confirmed the report and provided an updated timeline for when Romo is expected to return:

The Cowboys are confident their starting quarterback will be ready for training camp when the club leaves for Oxnard, Calif. on July 19.

Romo has not been participating in the Tuesday/Thursday throwing sessions that began last month. And he also hasn’t played recreational golf or basketball like he normally does this time of year.

Romo isn't concerned about the surgery whatsoever, according to David Moore of The Dallas Morning News. In fact, he thinks he could play if he had to, but that obviously isn't necessary with games still a few months away.

If this was the regular season and I had to play next week, I could, Romo said Monday night on the eve of the Cowboys first OTA of the offseason. This is just about being smart.

That’s why I did it now. This will have no effect on training camp. No way will it have an impact. And I still think there’s a good chance I’m on the field for mini-camp.

Although surgery of any kind is obviously nothing to take lightly, there is no indication that Romo will miss a significant amount of time. Considering the fact that Romo is entering his 11th NFL season, missing OTAs shouldn't adversely affect him or the Cowboys as a whole in 2013.

Despite the fact that Romo often takes the brunt of the criticism for Dallas' failures, he has developed into an upper-level starting quarterback, as evidenced by nearly passing for 5,000 yards last season.

If Romo's back issue snowballs for whatever reason and forces him to miss games during the regular season, the Cowboys will be hard pressed to make noise in the competitive NFC East with Kyle Orton at the helm.

Romo's contract makes him the highest-paid player in Cowboys history, so there is no doubt that Jerry Jones and Cowboys fans everywhere are expecting a lot out of Romo this season.


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Romo and team officials have said he wasn't practicing as more of a precaution.