Tony Romo might be healing from minor back surgery, but that doesn't excuse him from organized team activities. David Moore of The Dallas Morning News reported on May 21 that Romo recently had "a minor procedure to remove a cyst from his back." Due to the surgery, Romo will not take part in OTAs.
The Dallas quarterback told Moore that he's not worried about his recovery timetable, saying, "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 minicamp."
Romo is human and everyone needs time to recover from surgery. Still, he needs to make up for not participating in other ways, especially when some media members, like ESPN's Ed Werder, tweet this interesting information:
RG3 throwing in Redskins camp following major knee surgery; Tony Romo idled by surgery to remove cyst. Who would have thought that possible?— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) May 23, 2013
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has called for his newly signed quarterback to work "Peyton Manning-type time," and he's right to expect that from Romo. Jones wants Romo to be the unquestioned leader of this team. The quarterback needs to make sure that all the players feel that he is indeed just that.
Despite Jones' earlier comments, the owner told Jarrett Bell of USA Today, that he's not worried about this situation, saying:
His new role is to really be involved in the formulating of the offense, the game plan. He'll spend more time doing that, as opposed to the repetitions out on the field. If he decides not to do it at minicamp, that's not going to be a big issue.
Whether Romo likes it or not, Jones has shined the spotlight brighter on him since the six-year, $108 million contract extension that he signed this offseason.
The owner wants Romo to be the visible and vocal leader of the Cowboys in an even bigger way than he has been in the past. Romo can only do so much on the sidelines while others are doing suicide sprints in the Dallas heat at the OTAs.
OTAs might not be as big of a deal as minicamp, and they are certainly not as important as training camp, but they're still about building team chemistry. Dallas hasn't made the playoffs in the past three seasons, and there's plenty that needs to be worked on chemistry-wise in order to end the postseason drought.
If he doesn't want to participate in drills, Romo better be giving pointers to young guys like Dalton Williams, and he better be welcoming newcomers like Anthony Hargrove to make them feel like a vital part of the Cowboys roster.
Romo is the quarterback of this team. He should be at OTAs to welcome new teammates and help in all other ways if he can't actively participate.
It's understandable why Romo doesn't want to be part of the drills but he needs to be a part of all team activities in some fashion.
The team owner just backed a truckload of money onto Romo's front lawn, and then Jones handed the quarterback some playcalling ability in the offense. Romo needs to be as active as possible without being physically active during all OTAs.