The Dallas Cowboys have cleared quarterback Tony Romo medically to return to action after he underwent offseason surgery to remove a
cyst from his back. While Romo has been cleared, head coach Jason Garrett told
reporters – including Dan Hanzus of NFL.com – that the team will continue to monitor
the quarterback as he resumes throwing.
"He's been throwing regularly for the last month or so,
and he feels good," Garrett said, "but we'll certainly watch that as
camp starts and make sure he's getting the right pitch count as we go."
Garrett added that Romo won’t be on a throw count during
training camp. Instead, the coach will have more communication than usual with
his signal caller, checking in to make sure everything is feeling normal.
"It's more communication, 'How you feeling?' And you
also look at the ball. Does the ball look a little dead or tired?" Garrett
said. "But mostly it's communication with him and how he's feeling. We'll
all get a sense for that and communicate about that really each and every day
and come up with a plan."
Romo and the Cowboys are coming off another disappointing
season, but that didn’t stop Dallas from handing him a lucrative contract
extension. It’s to be determined if the Cowboys can take the next step with
Romo under center, and Dallas will take early precautions to ensure that he’s
at least fully healthy while attempting to lead the team.
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