Updates from Monday, Aug. 25
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was not on the practice field Monday during the portion of the session open to the media, two days after he was sacked three times and hit once more in a 25-20 preseason loss to the Miami Dolphins.
After the game, Romo said he felt good after taking his first hits since undergoing back surgery last December. He spent time in a cold tub after the game, which is something he has not done before.
Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 12
Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News passed along comments from Jerry Jones on Tony Romo's expected activity in the Cowboys' second preseason game:
Jerry Jones: Tony Romo to play "a couple of series" against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday http://t.co/XGjhVeF7T0— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) August 12, 2014
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 10
Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram provides an update on Tony Romo's status:
Garrett confirms Romo had his best practice of camp on Friday. Said Romo is looking more like himself— Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr) August 10, 2014
Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram continued with a statement from Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett discussing Romo's recovery:
He looked like himself. Having the time off prior to the [San Diego] game and after the game, I think, was good for him.
Our thing all along with him has been monitor the work, communicate, get great feedback and then make our next best decision. I think we’ve done that up to this point.
Updates from Wednesday, Aug. 6
Todd Archer of ESPN.com reported on Tony Romo's status for the Cowboys' preseason opener:
Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett confirmed quarterback Tony Romo will not play in Thursday's preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers.
Romo will make his preseason debut Aug. 16 against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium.
With Romo sitting, Brandon Weeden will start. Typically the starters play a series or two in the first preseason game. This is the second straight year Romo has not played in the Cowboys' first preseason game, after skipping the Hall of Fame Game in 2013 against the Miami Dolphins.
Updates from Sunday, Aug. 3
Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys' plan for Tony Romo this preseason:
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo missed a third scheduled practice Saturday out of the first eight of training camp.
The Cowboys’ plan is that Romo doesn’t play in the first preseason game at San Diego on Thursday or in the last preseason game Aug. 28 against Denver.
The Cowboys want Romo to get some work in the second preseason game against Baltimore on Aug. 16 and get his most work of the preseason in the third game at Miami on Aug. 23.
Updates from Thursday, July 31
Rainer Sabin of DallasNews.com provides a statement from Tony Romo discussing his injury status and preseason expectations:
You just want to take every rep and do everything. And you feel good. And you’re like, ‘I feel good. Let’s go.’ But at the same time you feel good until you don’t. There’s not a lot of history doing this over and over and over again. It’s a little different than most injuries because we don’t have ten other guys who have gone through this in the last three years. We’ve just kind of got to be real smart. We’ve just got to be smart with it.
I want to make sure it’s progressing and continuing to go forward. They’re going to try and have me sit out more than I want to. But that’s also because they’re smart and they know what they’re doing.
Updates from Sunday, July 27
David Moore of DallasNews.com reported on Tony Romo's performance in Sunday's practice:
Romo didn’t a lot of deep balls but generally displayed a nice touch on the ones he did. He completed two-of-four passes in team drills and was seven-of-eight in his work against the secondary with no rush. He was never really in a position where he had to torque or twist his back to get off a throw.
“I thought he looked good,’’ quarterback coach Wade Wilson said. “He looked fresh. It wasn’t bothering him at all. He had good velocity on his throws and good accuracy on his throws.’’
“Tony is making that call if there is any change from the plan,’’ Jones said. “If he’s feeling a little heavy in a sense of muscles, he’ll give them a break.
“I’m glad he’s mature enough and experienced enough to understand his body and make those kind of decisions.’’
Updates from Friday, July 25
ESPN.com'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:
Tony Romo on where he is conditioning wise compared to last year: "Miles ahead of last year. I don't think they're comparable."— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) June 17, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 27
Ed Werder of ESPN has the latest news on Tony Romo's rehab:
Tony Romo expected to take a third of snaps as Cowboys open OTAS with cautious approach for QB off back surgery— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) May 27, 2014
Joe Trahan of WFAA-TV provides a photo of Romo throwing:
Nick Eatman of the Dallas Morning News has more on Romo:
Romo held out of team drills as expected .. Weeden working with 1s— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) May 27, 2014
ESPN's Todd Archer added more details on Romo:
Tony Romo not going through footwork drills in individuals— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) May 27, 2014
Tony Romo back to throwing to receivers in on air routes— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) May 27, 2014
Romo now taking it easy during full offense routes in air. Brandon Weeden working with the 1s. No Kyle Orton— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) May 27, 2014
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:
Stephen Jones told season ticket holders QB Tony Romo will be 100 percent by Week 1 and he's already ahead of schedule in his back rehab.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) May 14, 2014
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.
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:
I'm told that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is throwing lightly and doing some running at OTAs following December back surgery. #cowboys— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) April 23, 2014
Thanks to @toddarcher for gently correcting one error in the Romo update. This is the beginning of Cowboys offseason program, not OTAs— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) April 23, 2014
Updates from Monday, April 21
Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com reports Tony Romo is ready to workout with the team:
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."
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:
Tony Romo's new cap figures: $11.773M in 2014, $27.773M in '15, $17.635M in '16, $21.5M in '17, $22M in '18, $20.5M in '19. #Cowboys— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 5, 2014
ESPN's Andrew Brandt weighed in on what some might call an exorbitant salary:
At some point in the coming years Tony Romo will not be on the Cowboys roster yet will still be one of their highest Cap charges...— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) March 5, 2014
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.
How will the Cowboys fare in 2014?
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.