Tony Romo Returns From Back Surgery, Will Start Against Baltimore Ravens This Saturday

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Friday, August 15th, 2014 | 0


Similar to Carolina Panthers’ star quarterback Cam Newton, Dallas Cowboys veteran signal caller Tony Romo was held out of his team’s opening preseason game due to precautions surrounding a herniated disc suffered in the team’s final game of the 2013 season.

Romo promptly had surgery in late December. Unlike Newton, who has practiced extensively in Panthers’ camp, Romo’s rehabilitation limited his first team reps in training camp, something he’s just gotten back into.

There were echoes that the Cowboys’ leader would miss the entire preseason, but with freshly signed offensive coordinator Scott Linehan spearheading a new year for Dallas, Romo told the Associated Press it was crucial that he played in the exhibition games:

”I think you have to play in the preseason,” Romo said. ”Obviously, some people can’t, but I do know from my perspective, this game is not something where you can show up and think that you can do it. I think it’s been proven far too many times that if you take too long of a break or don’t get reps under you that you will be exposed in certain areas.”

Romo has a realistic view of the situation, as he most likely knows the porous Cowboys’ defense will lead to a bevy of shootouts in the high-flying NFC East. He’ll have to win those games on the heels of his rocket-like arm, and he’ll need to be prepared in order to do so.

Because of that, Romo will make his 2014 debut against 2012 Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens this Saturday (August 16, 2014). Dallas coach Jason Garrett said there would be no pressure on Romo in that game, however, simply focusing on getting his star back on the field:

”Just go out and play,” Garrett said. ”We ask our players to get prepared for any situations. We try to prepare them as coaches and it’s their job to go play.”

With Romo’s return slowed by his recovery, both the staff and players know that there’s no need to rush him back into high-level competition. With the season looming large, veteran tight end Jason Witten spoke up to label Romo’s progress as improving:

”I felt like this was a big week for Tony,” tight end Jason Witten said. ”Early in camp they were resting him some and we did not have him every day. I thought he did a really good job going the right places with the ball, good zip on the ball, leading us on the 2-minute drive with the same intensity he always has. I felt like this was a really big week for our team and felt he’s done a really great job setting the tempo for us.”

The prognosis is a good one for Cowboy fans, yet the team still has a lot of work to do in order to erase the sting of last year, where they failed in a crucial playoff-sealing divisional game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the final week of the season.

The 2014 season is supposed to be different, but one thing is certain; they’re going to need Romo fully healthy to take the NFC East by storm. Stay tuned to TSM Plug for all of your NFL injury updates and much more.

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Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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