This time last year, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was just beginning on the long road to recovery from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. Head coach Jason Garrett believes a more normal offseason could benefit Romo as he prepares for the 2015 campaign.
“You hear a lot of people talk about if someone has an ACL surgery on the knee, they come back the first year, but it’s really that second year where they are really back to being themselves,” Garrett said Tuesday, per the Dallas Morning News. “With Tony, he did such a great job getting through last off-season and training camp and over the course of this season battling and getting himself right to play his best football and I do think just getting back into this off-season and have it be more normal.
“You’re not coming off of a surgery, you kind of go through that normal schedule that you would in a typical off-season. I think that’s going to help him, help him lay a better foundation of just being a football player again. Again, I thought he did a fantastic job. His mental and physical toughness were on display again. Those are his best traits. He exhibited those all year long.”
The December 2013 back surgery wasn’t the only health concern Romo had to deal with in 2014. He suffered a pair of transverse process fractures in his back in the Week 8 overtime loss to the Redskins, but was only forced to miss one game as a result and, by the end of the season, was being mentioned among potential MVP candidates.
It was also revealed after the team’s season-ending loss to the Packers that he had played in that game with an injured finger on his non-throwing hand.
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