05/21 08:46 CDT Romo to miss workouts after cyst removal on back
Romo to miss workouts after cyst removal on back
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 in July.
Romo became the highest-paid player in franchise history in March when he
signed a six-year, $108 million extension with $55 million guaranteed, more
than Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco of Baltimore.
The Dallas Morning News reported that the outpatient procedure was performed
before the NFL draft. Romo was restricted to light conditioning work in April
but has been cleared to throw.
"If this was the regular season and I had to play next week, I could," Romo
told the newspaper Monday. "That's why I did it now. This will have no effect
on training camp."
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said Romo will have an expanded role in the
offense, and his quarterback has committed to "Peyton Manning-type time" in
trying to turn Dallas into a Super Bowl contender again.
Backup Kyle Orton will take most of the snaps in Romo's absence. He signed as a
free agent last year but played in just one game, a blowout loss to Chicago.
The Cowboys also have second-year player Nick Stephens and undrafted rookie
Dalton Williams on the roster.
A healthy Romo is a huge factor with coach Jason Garrett's job on the line in
2013. Garrett is unlikely to return if the Cowboys miss the playoffs for the
fourth consecutive season.
The last time Romo missed significant playing time, former coach Wade Phillips
was fired and replaced by Garrett in the middle of a 6-10 season in 2010. Romo
was out 10 games with a broken collarbone.
Romo played through a broken rib early in the 2011 season and stayed healthy
last year. Both seasons ended with losses to NFC East rivals in finales with
playoff berths on the line.
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