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Practice format leads to light day for Tony Romo

7/30/2013

OXNARD, Calif. – With the focus of Tuesday’s practice on short-yardage and goal-line situations, Tony Romo will “practice very lightly,” if at all, according to coach Jason Garrett.

“We’re trying to give some of our more veteran players a little bit of time off throughout camp,” Garrett said. “This will be a day of those for him. It’s a short-yardage, goal-line day for the most of it, so it’s a nice bonus day.”

The Cowboys are off Wednesday. Garrett said the rest had nothing to do with Romo’s back, which kept him out for the entire offseason, and on Monday Romo said he was just suffering from the normal aches of training camp.

“The other thing we’re trying to do is put some of these days off up against a real day off, so it’s the concept of if you give a player a day off that helps rejuvenate them," Garrett said. "You give them two days of it (and it) can be life changing for them."

The Cowboys have been monitoring Romo’s throws throughout camp, leaving him out of some on-air routes as a nod to his inactivity in May and June.

“I think you just see it with guys the first day of camp there’s a little rust, your feet always aren’t under you whatever the position you play and you’re feeling your way back into football,” Garrett said. “Tony had some of that, but each and every day of camp he’s gotten better and better and better. I think his feet are much better. I think he’s moving more naturally and instinctively and, again, that happens with everybody when you start playing football again each year. But it was noticeable to me that he’s improving each and every day.”