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 might just be that Aikman won three Super Bowls."
"You've got to be smart this time of year, and I understand that," said Romo, explaining that if the Cowboys were readying for an actual game, he would be able to participate. "At the same time, you're ready to go, and you want to get back and get into it."
Romo's procedure involved the removal of a cyst from his back, something that caused him to make mention to friends way back on April 10 of a "back problem." I'm told that the projected recovery time of a month suggests something of a complication: "A deep-tissue cyst" or "a cyst very near the spine." All still benign. ...