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With Romo's Return to Practice Field Blossoms Hope

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    ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03: Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys sits on the bench late in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-23 at AT&T Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

    The Cowboys’ hope that in the NFC East they can go from worst to first today gets validation:

    Tony Romo is back on the football field.

    As OTAs (organized team activities) commence a three-week run at Valley Ranch, the quarterback will be back for 11-on-11 work for the first time since we saw him leaving the field in obvious pain on Thanksgiving day. Because of two broken collar bones Romo missed 12 games in 2015. The Cowboys went 1-11 in those games and limped to a 4-12 finish.

    The rallying cry amongst true-blue believers, however, is that the team – with a healthy and upright Romo – is much closer to the 12-4 team that came within a controversial overturn of a Dez Bryant catch of making the NFC Championship in 2014.

    After corrective and pre-emptive surgery to strengthen the collar bone, the 36-year-old Romo is more than ready.

    He’s been throwing for more than a month and isn’t expected to be on any sort of physical restrictions once training camp starts in two months. Hope springs eternal. Especially in May.

    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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.