Tony Romo Out for Dallas Cowboys' Preseason Opener vs. San Diego Chargers

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IAugust 6, 2014

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 22:  Quarterback Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys scrambles with the ball in the second half during an NFL game against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 22, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will reportedly sit out of the team's first preseason game against the San Diego Chargers on Thursday night.  

Todd Archer of reported the news and passed along a quote from quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson following Tuesday's walkthrough.

"Hopefully he's going to get four days off now because he won't do much (Tuesday), we travel Wednesday, play the game and then they're off on Friday," Wilson said. "Hopefully with four days of complete rehab he can come back on Saturday and start to look like his old self completely."

Wilson also noted that Romo was "a little tentative" throwing the ball deep. With Romo on the bench, newly acquired backup Brandon Weeden will take over the starting role against the Chargers.

This report comes after Romo underwent back surgery in December before returning to training camp. Rather than making his debut following the surgery on Thursday, Archer notes Romo is scheduled to play against the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 16 at AT&T Stadium.

While Jerry Jones has said in the past that Romo is 100 percent, Tim McMahon of believes otherwise:

The franchise quarterback has also missed practices during training camp but apparently hasn't had any setbacks.

Before missing Dallas' final game, Romo put up huge numbers in 2013. The 34-year-old finished with 3,828 passing yards, 31 touchdowns, 10 interceptions and a 96.7 passer rating in 15 games.

Reigniting his chemistry in a game situation with top targets Dez Bryant and Jason Witten will have to wait until the second preseason matchup. After both players had a great season with Romo under center in 2013, missing out on one preseason game likely won't mean much for the offensive weapons.

Health is still of the utmost importance for Romo as he looks to make his return to the field after missing the final game of the 2013 season. If Romo is ready to start by the regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 7, missing the first preseason game will be long forgotten in Big D.


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