Jerry Jones: Tony Romo cleared for Cowboys training camp
“He feels good. He looks good,” Jones said during the team’s free clinic for middle school and youth football coaches being held at the Cowboys Stadium on Thursday. “He’s uniquely out running mountains right now in the West, so he’s getting himself physically in shape.”
“He’s never thrown a lot in the offseason. This is a time where he rests his arm,” continued Jones. “I’m confident his weight is right and feel he’ll be in shape and let it go.”
The 33-year-old Romo underwent offseason surgery to remove a cyst in his back during April. He was held out of the Cowboys’ organized team activities and minicamp as he recovered from the back surgery. He did some light throwing on the sides during the final day of minicamp and didn’t seem to be facing any discomfort or change in his throwing motion.
“I feel good. Just being smart,” Romo said shortly after minicamp. “We could go this week but it looks like the training staff guys just want to be cautious, take it back a couple days after and then start up full speed next week.”
Romo’s recovery to full health is vital to Jones and the Cowboys’ expectations of making the playoffs following a three-year drought. Nothing signifies this more than the contract negotiations between the two sides that resulted in a six-year, $108 million contract extension, including a $55 million in guaranteed money, for Romo this offseason.
During his absence, Romo’s backup Kyle Orton has been taking all the work. Due to this, training camp will have an added significance as Romo tries to get as many snaps as possible to adjust to the ways of a new play-caller. It will be the first time offensive coordinator Bill Callahan will take over the play-calling duties for the Cowboys.