No pads. No helmets. No cornerbacks. No coaches.
But if you’re hoping to see Tony Romo under center when the Cowboys kick off the 2014 season in September, the sight this morning at Valley Ranch was no problem.
After undergoing season-ending back surgery last December, the quarterback celebrated his 34th birthday by participating in the team’s voluntary off-season conditioning program. In this first phase of off-season workouts, players can lift weights, run sprints and conduct football activities without the supervision of coaches and/or scouts.
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Quarterbacks like Romo can throw to receivers, as long as they are not being covered/defended by defensive backs.
OTAs – Organized Team Activities – that feature coaching and on-field activities begin May 28.
The fact that Romo is healthy enough to participate in this off-season work strengthens the hope that his back won’t be a deterrent to him beginning the season at 100 percent.
Other injured Cowboys – Lance Dunbar (knee), Tyrone Crawford (Achilles), Morris Claiborne (shoulder) and Dwayne Harris (shoulder) – are also at Valley Ranch Monday to take part in the workout program.
Barring a setback, Monday is a positive step for Romo and the Cowboys.
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.