Injured quarterback Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Perhaps Tony Romo should play for the Texas Rangers. Because like a lot of the local baseball team’s hurlers, he’s recovering from an injury and has been placed on a “pitch count.”
When the Cowboys dive into their OTAs next week at Valley Ranch Romo will be a full participant, though with an asterisk. After undergoing season-ending back surgery for a herniated disc last December, the quarterback will limit his throws.
“I’m getting close,” Romo told ESPN.com earlier this week. “We're just going to be smart during the OTAs and have a little bit of a pitch count, but we're going to go out there each day and try to do all that we can. The guys are working hard and doing great and I think we're going to be ready.”
Romo, 34, missed last year’s off-season work after having a cyst removed from his back. Now he’ll be ready for OTAs, though he wants to take it slow early and ramp up to be 100 percent for the start of training camp in July.
Like a pitcher on a short leash, Romo will likely have limitations on the number of throws he makes during the daily workouts.
“A lot of it's going to be determined by how good I feel,” he said. “Like any injury you go out and try to do everything, but if you have to throttle back then you do that or if you're feeling good you push forward. What you set up in the beginning is based on what you've been doing and from there you keep pressing on and keep getting more and more done.”
For Romo and the Cowboys this off-season, it’s better late … than never.
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.