IRVING, Texas – When news broke of Terrell Suggs’ torn Achilles last week while playing basketball, many Cowboys fans wondered whether Tony Romo should stop hitting the court in the offseason, too.
Suggs later said the injury occurred during a conditioning test.
“It’s always a concern,” quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said of a possible non-football injury, “but that can happen out here doing offseason conditioning. It’s definitely a concern, but it’s kind of a personal choice they make.”
Romo turned 32 in April and began his workouts a month or so before the official offseason program began.
“Tony takes great care of himself with his conditioning and his off-football sports, soccer and basketball, I think help him on the football field,” Wilson said.
Wilson said Romo has thrown the ball “great” early in the offseason program.
“He’s really locked in and taken even another step in the leadership role in the weight room and with the guys and getting out there and working with the receivers throwing,” Wilson said. “I think he looks great .”
Romo is signed through next season. He is coming off what the coaches called his best season with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Across the league quarterbacks have been playing better as they get older, like New England’s Tom Brady and even Brett Favre before he finally decided to retire.
“I’ve seen some 32-year-olds look 25 and vice versa, some 25-year-olds look 32,” Wilson said. “If you take care of yourself there’s no reason he shouldn’t be productive for a lot more years.”