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Thursday, May 23, 2013
Tony Romo not needed until training camp

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas – Tony Romo wants to take part in the June 11-13 mini-camp. There is no way the Cowboys should let him.

To quote Ricky Watters: For who? For what?

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Romo had a small cyst removed from his back in April and has been limited in his conditioning work for most of the offseason. He has only recently done some light jogging to go with work on the bike and elliptical machines. He has not done any sprinting.

The first pass Romo throws in 11-on-11 drills has to come in Oxnard, Calif., at training camp, not Valley Ranch.

Over the next three weeks, will he be able to make progress in his conditioning to get on the field for full-speed practices even if they are deemed non-contact?

If Romo’s experience that has been touted for his ability to be more involved with the game planning and instillation means so much, then three days of practice in the middle of June will not be a great deal of help.

There is no need to expose him to unnecessary risk, no matter how minor the Cowboys and Romo attempt to make this surgery sound.

Let him work through some individual drills the way DeMarcus Ware is doing. Ware is coming off major shoulder surgery. He could take part in full practices if necessary, but the Cowboys are being conservative with his comeback.

There are $108 million reasons why the Cowboys must do the same with Romo.