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IRVING, Texas A skillion quickie impressions from the Dallas Cowboys' work at OTAs at Valley Ranch:
Tony Romo isn't Peyton Manning. But being sidelined by the cyst-removal surgery didn't prevent him from light sideline throwing or from counseling teammates. He was especially demonstrative in instructing Dez Bryant how to simulate the footwork needed to pretend he's running against press coverage during route-running practice.
Mo Claiborne reports that he's gained six pounds of muscle -- helpful for a cornerback trying to survive in the Tampa-2 scheme.
New linebacker Justin Durant is expected to win the strongside job. But he didn't win it on Tuesday. He didn't fully participate, instead workout out on the side while wearing a thick hoodie sweatshirt under his jersey. While Durant sweated out some water weight, Alex Albright and Ernie Sims took some first-team snaps.
Kyle Orton did not throw the ball very accurately on Tuesday. It would be helpful if the veteran would ramp it up.
Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin told me that the "3-tech'' and the "1-tech'' decision "doesn't matter.'' Monte is, of course, playing dumb. The 3-Tech job winner has a chance to be a star; the 1-Tech guy is a plugger. On Tuesday, Jay Ratliff played the 3, Jason Hatcher the 1.
"I don't think I'm an 8-8 quarterback,'' says Romo, and you can fact-away at this or you can joke-away at this. But this level of belief is a foundation of making the belief come true.
Rookie Travis Frederick got much of the first-team work at center ahead of Phil Costa. (Who looks fit and happy, maybe in part the result of him dating Hulk Hogan's celebrity daughter Brooke.)
Linebackers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter promised they'd be healthy for OTAs. Promises fulfilled.
Massive Andre Smith (6-6, 270) might have a crack at being the fourth tight end here simply because the roster needs somebody who can block. (Especially if Dallas goes without a fullback on the roster). Smith can certainly absorb an accidental hit, as he was dropped by rookie linebacker Brandon Magee in what is supposed to be non-contact work.
The cyst is off Romo's back. But as evidenced by all the attention it's getting, it's clear the monkey's still attached.
Jared Green, maybe a practice-squad candidate or maybe something more, jumps out with his speed. Makes sense, as he's the son of Hall-of-Famer Darrell Green.
Tackle Tyron Smith, primed for a big year, has gained 10 pounds in order to be more of a road-grater. Meanwhile, his haircut is very close-cropped. Why? 'Mainly, because I'm going bald,'' the 22-year-old tells me.
There is every indication that '12 Personnel' is going to be Dallas' base offense, with Jason Witten being joined by James Hanna (who is still ahead of rookie Gavin Escobar).
Terrance Williams still has small hands and still has a case of the dropsies. Stay with that JUGS machine, son.
Matt Johnson got yelled at early for taking a bad angle on special-teams work. But he looked the part of a starting safety throughout the day, splitting time with veteran Will Allen working alongside sure-thing starter Barry Church.
I noticed the Cowboys working on a little Pistol wrinkle. This is not meant as a read-option play, but rather to help the running back - lined up directly behind the QB, who is three yards back rather than seven yards back as in the Shotgun -- with pass-blocking angles.
Danny McCray, God love him and his special-teams mastery, still can barely backpedal at NFL DB-level.
DeMarco Murray tells me that him sitting out (hamstring) is "very minor and precautionary.'' In our conversation, we discussed his recent participation in the team's baseball and golf outings. 'I had to support the good causes,' he says.
Coach Jason Garrett wont give in to announcing the Cowboys' playcalling decision. My position is as always: It'll be offensive coordinator Bill Callahan doing so under Garrett's supervision. (And in fact, I think that's exactly how it's working right now at OTAs.)
This is a loud assistant-coaching staff. And in the case of WR coach Dooley, a profane one. The neighbors in Valley Ranch might end up wanting to wash Dooley's mouth out with soap, if not for the fact that this is football.
JJ Wilcox is a safety with wide receiver skills and a linebacker body and he made the defensive play of the day Tuesday with an interception that showed off that athleticism.
A source tells me that Romo's month-long rehab length suggests a 'deep-tissue or near-spine' cyst. It's still benign, but more troublesome than your "I-had-a-cyst-on-my-hand-and-was-back-to-work-in-a-day'' surgery.
Dez Bryant on maturity: "I found myself,'' he says.
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According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo probably won’t be healthy enough to participate in mini-camp after undergoing back surgery to remove a cyst.
My understanding is #Cowboys are fine bringing Romo back slowly. No decision was made. But was told he probably won’t be back for minicamp
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 21, 2013
IRVING, Texas In 1998, a Dallas Cowboys quarterback missed a minicamp due to a "minor surgery" to remove something from his back.
That was Troy Aikman. This is Tony Romo.
In terms of the flood of outrage and humor directed at Romo, who did not participate in the team's OTA's that began Tuesday and who might need a few more weeks to full recover, the difference...
The Dallas Cowboys will likely be without starting quarterback Tony Romo until training camp because of a cyst that he had surgically removed from his back last month. I'm sure head coach Jason Garrett will attempt to downplay the impact of losing Romo for three weeks of organized training activities and a mandatory minicamp in June, but this could certainly stunt the development...
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss at least three weeks of offseason workouts after a procedure to remove a cyst from his back.
The team's website reported Tuesday that Romo underwent the procedure last month and could return for the mandatory minicamp that starts June 11. He will be ready for training camp in July.
Romo signed a six-year, $108 million extension with ...
According to Nick Eatman of DallasCowboys.com, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent back surgery last month to remove a cyst. He’s expected to be ready for training camp.
Tony Romo wont be practicing today because of a minor back injury that required surgery last month. Should be ready by training camp
— Nick Eatman (@nickeatman) May 21, 2013
Now we really know why Romo...
After two straight seasons of finishing with an 8-8 record, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo believes he’s a better player than what their record has shown.
“We were 8-8 the last couple of years, that doesn’t sit well with me,” Romo said, via ESPNDallas.com. “I don’t think I’m an 8-8 quarterback. I don’t think this organization is comfortable being 8-8. We’re...
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will have more than enough time on his hands now to help out with the offensive game plan the rest of this off-season.
The Dallas Morning News via Nick Eatman, is reporting that Romo will be out a few weeks after having back surgery to remove a cyst in early April.
Romo Expected To Miss OTAs After Undergoing Back Surgery dallascowboys.com/news...
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent a minor surgical procedure to remove a cyst from his back last month, according to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas. The surgery will sideline Romo through organized team activities (otherwise known as OTAs), and sources tell ESPN Dallas that it could keep the quarterback out until training camp.
While some sound concerned about Romo'...
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss at least three weeks of offseason workouts after a procedure to remove a cyst from his back.
The team's website reported Tuesday, the first day of organized team workouts, that Romo underwent the procedure last month and could return for the mandatory minicamp that starts June 11. He will be ready for training camp...
The slander for Tony Romo was at an all-time high when he signed a new 6-year, $108 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys this off-season. Romo has only won 1 playoff game during his tenure as the Cowboys quarterback, and many questioned whether or not he has what it takes to lead a team to [...]
It would appear that everyone on earth is talking about Tony Romo’s back surgery except for Romo, himself. But then again, this is Dallas and well, everything is bigger in “Big D.”The noise, the stadiums, the controversies and of course the contacts. With a quarterback who just signed a new contract in excess of $100 million, if figures that every move Romo makes will be scrutinized...
Days before last month’s draft, embattled Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent surgery to have a cyst removed from his back. Agreeing to a six-year contract extension worth $108 million with Dallas in March, the 33-year-old expects to be medically cleared by June’s mandatory minicamp. Throwing 177 touchdowns, against 91 interceptions, for 25,737 yards since debuting...
The Houston Texans are again the favorites to win the AFC South, at least according to the Las Vegas sportsbook Bovada.
The overunder on Houston's win total is set at 10.5. Only two teams, the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots, have a higher overunder, both settling in at 11.5.
The Dallas Cowboys' number is 8.5, so while that big contract extension may have done...
IRVING The Dallas Cowboys begin this week's series of OTAs as an 8-8 team. With eight position groups. And with eight things I'll look for starting Tuesday at Valley Ranch:
The position group of QB: More than ever, Tony Romo is this team's "Mood Ring.'' By virtue of everything from his new 55-million-guaranteed contract to his vow to cut back on golf to...