For the first time in a long time, Tony Romo is preparing for a season without the help of back surgery.
In 2013 he had a cyst removed and missed minicamp, and in 2014 he was held out of all off-season work until training camp after having a herniated disc repaired.
Healthier – and more hopeful – than he’s been in recent memory, the quarterback is back on the field at Valley Ranch today as the Cowboys’ off-season program continues with on-field teaching sessions.
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“If he was out here (last year) he was out there learning and paying attention, but they were still being somewhat conservative about the approach, which I think was smart,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan told ESPN Dallas. “This year is a little different. He’s throwing. He kind of puts himself on a little bit of a pitch count, how many throws. He gets a lot of work, a lot more work maybe than I anticipated. I think he feels good. He looks good, but what’s great right now is we’re able to have all three of our guys here to be able to get a lot of the work that last year we kind of spread out with just really Brandon (Weeden) and we had some other guys doing some reps Tony wasn’t taking.”
A year ago Weeden took all of Dallas’ off-season reps and there was serious concern about Romo’s recovery. This summer the questions won’t be about the starting quarterback’s health, but only how good he can be this season.
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.