NFL

Cowboys' Romo limited in first off-season practice

{eot}
The Canadian Press
5/27/2014 6:20:54 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo looked like the man in charge of the Dallas offence for the first off-season practice until the drills got a little more competitive.

Five months removed from back surgery, Romo donned a baseball cap for 11-on-11 work. There's no use in rushing, as coach Jason Garrett has been saying for weeks.

Romo echoed that talk Tuesday in his first extensive interview since sustaining a herniated disk against Washington and missing the finale against Philadelphia with a playoff berth on the line.

"I don't know that there's anything you can't do," the 34-year-old said in the locker room after practice. "You just want to make sure you don't put a high volume of numbers on it yet."

For example, Romo says he has thrown at full velocity -- just not very often -- in his continuing recovery from surgery Dec. 27. That came two days before he watched from home while the Cowboys fell to the Eagles in a third straight season-ending loss that put them at 8-8 and kept them out of the post-season.

"It's very difficult to watch," said Romo, who was under centre for season-finale losses at the New York Giants and Washington the previous two seasons, and for another one at Philadelphia in 2008. "That one obviously is out of your control. That's what made it hard. It's amazing how big of a fan you become, rooting and excited about every little thing."

Romo was further along Tuesday than he was a year ago, when he had surgery to remove a cyst on his back in April and missed all the off-season practices. He went to California ahead of his teammates for some intense conditioning work before training camp, and spent the first few weeks catching up.

"I'm actually excited just about comparative to last year where you're just going into camp without having had a rep in the off-season," Romo said. "There's some things I want to work on, and I've been doing that in small doses. Now we'll get that ramped up here."

Romo has a new play caller for the third straight season in Scott Linehan, who was offensive co-ordinator in Detroit before coach Jim Schwartz was fired after last season.

Linehan and Garrett worked together for a season in Miami almost a decade ago, and plenty of the language will be the same. The new passing game co-ordinator is in no hurry to see up close all the things his new primary weapon can do.

"We're early," Linehan said. "And the mental game that he's getting done with us and the meetings and the last four or five weeks when we started our off-season program has been huge. I know he's getting himself ready to go."

There are daily discussions over what's next for Romo.

"Certainly we anticipate him being ready to go at training camp," Garrett said. "We'll evaluate how he did today, say, 'What do you think? Should we stick with the same plan tomorrow? What do you think about Thursday?' You're always trying to push the limit as best you can, but you don't want to do something where you go across that line and they have setbacks."

NOTES: The Cowboys waived injured rookie free agent tight end Evan Wilson and signed guard Tyronne Green, a fourth-round pick by San Diego in 2009. Green has 28 starts in 41 career games. He was with New England part of last season but didn't play.

Tony Romo  (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

zoom

(Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


Podcasts

TSN 1050: The Bryan Hayes Show: Septemeber 2nd - Alex Marvez

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports 1 joins the show to discuss Jim Irsay, Michael Sam, and J.J Watt.

TSN 1050: Game Night: September 1 - Matt Florjancic

WKYC Cleveland's Matt Florjancic joins Andy McNamara and John Letherby on Game Night.

TSN 1050: Game Night: Joe Horrigan - July 30

Pro Football Hall of Fame VP of Communications Joe Horrigan joined Game Night with Jim Tatti & Andy McNamara to talk NFL Hall of Fame Weekend


More Podcasts

NFL on TSN and CTV

Sunday, September 14

New England Patriots at Minnesota Vikings - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Vancouver, CTV Alberta, CTV Saskatchewan, CTV Winnipeg, CTV Ottawa, CTV Northern Ontario, CTV Montreal, CTV Atlantic)


Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills - 1pm et/10am pt (CTV Toronto, CTV Kitchener)


Seattle Seahawks at San Diego Chargers - 4:05pm et/1:05pm pt (TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5)


Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos - 4:25pm et/1:25pm pt (CTV Vancouver, CTV Alberta, CITL)


New York Jets at Green Bay Packers - 4:25pm et/1:25pm pt (CTV Toronto, CTV Kitchener, CTV Ottawa, CTV Northern Ontario, CTV Montreal, CTV Winnipeg, CTV Saskatchewan, CTV Two Atlantic, CKPR)


Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers - 8:15pm et/5:15pm pt (TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5)


Monday, September 15

Philadelphia Eagles at Indianapolis Colts - 7pm et/4pm pt (TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5)


NFL on TSN Broadcast Schedule

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television