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Romo Heaps Praise on No. 88s, Past and Present

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    Jose Sanchez, NBC 5 Photojournalist
    Tony Romo practicing at Dallas Cowboys Training Camp 2014 in Oxnard, California.

    You know Cowboys’ training camp is in full swing when:

    A) Matt Johnson has suffered a hamstring injury.

    B) Tony Romo sits down with NFL Network.

    While the oft-injured safety is sidelined yet again with a leg injury, the quarterback took time after Sunday’s practice to talk with the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen and Michael Irvin.

    The noteworthy nuggets:

    *Romo has become Dez Bryant’s No. 1 fan, saying “If I was getting married this year, he’d be in my wedding. He’s like a little brother to me.” He also attempted to explain what it was like during one of Bryant’s infamous sideline rants. “Well a camera can say a lot. It doesn’t always tell the truth, but makes for fun dialogue between a lot of different people. But I think when you’re actually around Dez, you know where his heart is.”

    *Romo also heaped praise on the Cowboys’ former No. 88, calling Irvin “the greatest leader in the history of the franchise.”

    *And of his surgically repaired back, Romo admitted to taking things slow in camp while oozing confidence that he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season. “I feel good. I think what you end up doing is using your back or using your body for the right time. So if I went out of two-a-days and then you ran all day, you did everything like that, well it would get heavy. It’s like coming off of any surgery. You want to make sure that you’re working it, but you’re doing all the things in the weight room, in the training room to get yourself feeling good, and then when you have the chance to come out here, you test it and you know how many reps you can do before you kind of know that your days is over. And before you get back to where you’re 100 percent, you kind of have to watch the numbers as you go through the process, so that’s all we’re doing right now.”

    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.