Jerry Was “Concerned” About Romo After Opener

Tony Romo is coming off surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has had nothing but high praise for quarterback Tony Romo over the past six weeks, but he admits that early in the season--particularly after the first game, a loss to the 49ers--he had some concern over Romo’s back.

Romo, of course, suffered a herniated disk in his back in Week 16 of last year. The injury required surgery in December, and Romo was limited in practice all offseason and throughout training camp.

I knew what we were doing in training camp,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “We were being advised by our medical people that he was continuing to improve. His arrow was going up, so to speak, with not only his strength but also with his ability to torque his back. So it really was not something I would let myself think about--not having him at full, 100 percent as we got into the season.

“It bothered me, though, when we had his time as limited in training camp as it was and then it really made me not second-guess, but made me concerned the way we stepped out and played against San Francisco as to his readiness or as to his ability to be ready quick enough. In other words, we’re in the middle of it now, or we’re at the beginning of the middle of it, and we need him to be playing strong. And so I’m glad after that San Francisco game, he’s really responded.”

Through seven games this season, Romo has 1,789 yards passing, 14 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

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