Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tony Romo should practice more in season
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas -- When the Dallas Cowboys start their regular-season preparation, quarterback Tony Romo is expected to practice each day, according to coach Jason Garrett.
Romo has not practiced three straight days in training camp and sat out of Wednesday's practice as he and the team continue to be careful with his return from back surgery. Romo will practice on Thursday and play in Saturday’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins.
Garrett said the coaches have not yet divvied up the playing time for the Dolphins' game, but the starters typically play the first half in the third preseason game. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said he anticipated Romo would play a similar amount to what he did last week against the Baltimore Ravens when he saw action in two series.
The tenor of practices change once the regular season starts. Players are only in pads one day a week, typically Wednesday, and the amount of physical play is less than in training camp.
“Again, that's a couple, three weeks out (but) we do anticipate him being able to handle the load of a work week leading up to the game," Garrett said. “It’s important for him to get reps. At the same time, we’ll listen to what his body is saying and we’ll respond accordingly. He had a good practice (Tuesday) got a lot of good work in and thought it was probably best for him to not be out on the practice field today, just get the mental work in, and hopefully come back and practice tomorrow."