The good news heading into Sunday’s season opener against the 49ers: San Francisco’s defense will be without NaVorro Bowman, Glenn Dorsey and Aldon Smith.
The better news: The Cowboys will have a healthy Tony Romo.
All the angst and concern and pampering of the quarterback’s surgically repaired has led to this: Romo will practice three consecutive days leading into Sunday. During training camp he never worked more than two straight days and sat out the pre-season finale.
The concern has always been, of course, Sept. 7.
“The thing I kept reminding Tony about as we went through this process, starting all the way back in the spring was the goal is to be ready for the 49ers,” head coach Jason Garrett said during a press conference this week. “So we’re going to find our way, somehow, someway we’re going to get you to that point to where you’re ready to go and hopefully behind that. Play that game and that’s the start of a heckuva year for you.”
In a cautious, limited preseason, Romo was 14 of 23 for 167 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, his back withstood three sacks.
There’s no reason not to believe the quarterback is fully healthy headed into 2014.
“I think the last couple of weeks, I think we’ve seen Tony really be himself,” Garrett said. “He’s moved around in practice very spontaneously, made a lot of throws. He’s taken hits in games. He’s come back from all that stuff. He’s worked very hard to get himself to a point where he’s 100 percent with his back and it’s going to be a work in progress for him just like it would be for anybody coming off of any kind of injury. He’s really looked like himself to me. I think he’s got that look on his face. He’s got confidence about his body being where it needs to be. He like everybody else is just getting ready for this challenge this weekend.”
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.