Stephen Jones, the Executive Vice President of the Dallas Cowboys and son of owner Jerry Jones, believes starting quarterback Tony Romo should be recovered from back surgery and ready not just for Week 1 of the NFL season, but for the start of training camp in July.
According to ESPN, Jones made the announcement during a conference call with season ticket holders on Thursday.
"He's on schedule if not ahead of schedule," Jones said. "He's throwing the ball around, we not only think he'll be ready for opening week, he'll start up at training camp and be ready to go."
Jones also said that if Romo had not undergone back surgery two days before the end of the NFL season, the Cowboys may have beaten the Philadelphia Eagles to enter the post-season.
"He's obviously a tremendous competitor, and in our mind he kept us in all season long with a defense that was depleted with injuries, with a chance to win the NFC East in the last game of the year. And if he had played in that game, that game might have gone in a different direction."
The Cowboys lost to the Eagles 22-21, causing them to miss the playoffs for a fourth straight year.
Romo's season-ending back surgery was to repair a herniated disk. He had previously undergone back surgery in 2012 to remove a cyst.
The Cowboys added quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Caleb Hanie in the offseason and most recently signed QB Dustin Vaughn, who went undrafted.