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

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Tony Romo Injury: Updates on Cowboys QB's Recovery from Back Surgery
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Updates from Friday, July 25

ESPN's Todd Archer has an update on Romo's recovery from back surgery:

"They'll definitely get sick and tired of me over here in the training room and just all the areas around the facility here because you're going to want to get inflammation and all that stuff," Romo said. "If anyone's ever had surgery, you have to do all those things. A back, any time you've ever had a back, the smart people change the routine going forward. They make sure that they commit to a routine that's going to give them the best chance to be strong in all the other areas you need to be.

"Part of that is doing all the little work, the tedious stuff, before you get out here. It's two, two and a half hours you've got to get up here before you start the practice. That's what I have to do, and I have no problem doing that. I love the game, and it's going to be something that's easy to do to make sure that you're always in good health."

Updates from Tuesday, June 17

Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News talked to Tony Romo about his recovery from back surgery:

Updates from Tuesday, May 27

Ed Werder of ESPN has the latest news on Tony Romo's rehab:

Joe Trahan of WFAA-TV provides a photo of Romo throwing:

Nick Eatman of the Dallas Morning News has more on Romo:

ESPN's Todd Archer added more details on Romo:

Updates from Thursday, May 22

Todd Archer of ESPN.com has the latest on Romo's recovery:

 "I'm getting close," Romo said. "We're just going to be smart during the OTAs and have a little bit of a pitch count but we're going to go out there each day and try to do all that we can. The guys are working hard and doing great and I think we're going to be ready."

Romo needed the surgery after aggravating his back in a Week 16 win against the Washington Redskins. Last spring he had a cyst removed from his back that kept him out until the beginning of training camp.

"A lot of it's going to be determined by how good I feel," Romo said. "Like any injury you go out and try to do everything, but if you have to throttle back then you do that or if you're feeling good you push forward. What you set up in the beginning is based on what you've been doing and from there you keep pressing on and keep getting more and more done."

Updates from Wednesday, May 14

Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News provides an update on Tony Romo's recovery from back surgery:

Updates from Wednesday, April 30

Rainer Sabin of The Dallas Morning News provides a statement from Jason Witten discussing Tony Romo's current status following surgery:

He is throwing good. I have caught a lot of balls over the years and it’s the same zip, same as always. He looks good.

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This year is different than last year. You didn’t see him do much last year. I don’t know if it’s because [the surgery] happened later or what. But he’s been running and working out with us and doing the normal stuff. I think he is excited and I know he is embracing this challenge of people watching and thinking, ‘Is he going to be able to come back from this?’

I think just the will that guy has — it’s at the top of the list of the players I’ve seen. Like I said, we know what people are going to say. But I think for us and for him it’s just go out there and get better and kind of perfect that craft so when you get to the chance, you take advantage of those opportunities. He looks good.

 

Updates from Wednesday, April 23

ESPN's Ed Werder reports drills Tony Romo is participating in during offseason workouts:

 

Updates from Monday, April 21

Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports Tony Romo is ready to workout with the team:

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to participate in the offseason program which starts Monday morning according to a source. 

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In the first phase of the offseason workouts, players can lift weights, run sprints and conduct football activities without the supervision of coaches and scouts. This is the first of several offseason workouts the Cowboys will conduct. After the May 8-10 NFL draft, the Cowboys will host a rookie minicamp the following weekend. 

Starting on May 28, the Cowboys will have organized team activities until June 12. The offseason program ends with the mandatory veteran minicamp June 17-19. 

Romo's availability is expected in most if not all of those activities. 

Watkins later confirmed his earlier report: "Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo participated in the team's voluntary offseason program which started Monday morning, according to a source."

Original Text

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent offseason surgery on his injured back, but the polarizing signal-caller remained mostly out of the spotlight since the NFL season ended.

That changed when he attended Saturday's ACC college basketball clash between rivals Duke and North Carolina. Romo was interviewed and provided an encouraging update on his recovery, per ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins

It's going good. We're getting close now to [returning]. Usually takes three months, it's just normal kinda roundabout date that they give ya and we're right on schedule. Really ahead in a lot of ways. Just going to be ready to go here in about a month and rehab is going good, no setbacks of any kind. Mine [surgery] was just a normal small version of it, so I should be good to go here shortly.

Romo missed last season's win-and-you're-in Week 17 finale against the Philadelphia Eagles with a herniated disk (Dallas lost 24-22). All indications are that he will be ready to go for the 2014 campaign as the Cowboys look to snap a four-year playoff drought.

Romo elaborated on his status, discussing in more depth what the rehabilitation process entailed:

I mean you do little things. You progress, everything is a progression. You kinda, whatever it is, whether it's running or lifting, everything just starts small and you progress up. So we've already started a lot of that stuff [rehab] going. Now it's just going to the next step every week or two and just attacking. For me, it's like anything else, just another thing to attack and improve and I'm always up for that.

In an effort to aid the front office's ability to rebuild the roster, Romo restructured his contract to give the Cowboys more cap space. Tom Pelissero of USA Today provided the details:

ESPN's Andrew Brandt weighed in on what some might call an exorbitant salary:

The NFC East should be wide-open this coming season. The division-winning Eagles are looking to build on what was a productive year, while Washington and New York both failed to reach the postseason in 2013.

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With the added room created by Romo's restructured deal, America's Team must rebuild what was a putrid defense last season that ranked 30th against the pass and 27th versus the run. For all of the flack Romo takes over a lack of playoff success, it was the Cowboys defense that let the team down in 2013. 

This is a critical season for Romo, head coach Jason Garrett and the organization as a whole to upgrade the roster. With a pick in the middle of the first round and some money to spend in free agency, Dallas should be aggressive in its push to win now.

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