Tony Romo will make his preseason debut on Saturday against the Ravens at AT&T Stadium, the Cowboys signal caller told reporters on Tuesday. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, on the other hand, was characteristically noncommittal when asked if Romo would go against the Ravens after being held out against the Chargers.
It’s now been over seven months since Romo underwent season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back, suffered in the Week 16 comeback win over the Redskins. At the time, it was his second back surgery in an eight month span.
A few of Romo’s teammates including Dez Bryant have downplayed the need for a veteran like Romo to get a great deal of preseason snaps. Romo himself apparently doesn’t feel that way.
"I think you have to play in the preseason," Romo said, per ESPN Dallas. "Obviously, some people can't, but I do know from my perspective, this game is not just something where you can show up and think that you can do it. I think it's been proven far too many times that if you take too long of a break or don't get reps under you that you will be exposed in certain areas. I'm a firm believer that you have to play football to get better at football. Football's a way of life. It's not just [a] sometimes thing. It's an all-the-time thing if you're going to be a great player, and I think if you have the opportunity to play, you've got to play."
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