Tony Romo attends exit meetings

IRVING, Texas -- Just three days after back surgery to repair a herniated disk, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo attended exit meetings Monday at Valley Ranch.

Romo had surgery on Friday morning and after resting, which included missing the Cowboys' Sunday night regular-season finale to the Philadelphia Eagles, the franchise quarterback made it for the noon sessions.

"That just speaks to what he is, you know," tight end Jason Witten said of Romo, his best friend on the team. "He's gonna find a way to come in and see the guys and it's an obvious emotional time. No team stays the same. It's just what he's all about. I thought it was great of him to come and be here and just share in this time. It's tough and he's a big part of this team and I think that was very stand up of him to be here, I'm sure with the pain he's in."

Cowboys officials believe Romo should return on time for the organized team activities in the spring.

Romo has battled through numerous injuries in his career, from a punctured lung, cracked rib, bruised back, fractured left collarbone and pinkie finger, so there is no doubt about his ability to return.

"A tough eight months for him," Witten said. "I feel confident, I know what he's made of, I know how hard he works, I know how he competes and how he trains, that he'll bounce back and be even better next year. He will use this time to evaluate and get healthy and provide perspective and be a better quarterback.