Dallas Cowboys: Ricky Watters

Cowboys preview: Make-or-break stretch

August, 27, 2014
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The end of the season has not been kind to the Dallas Cowboys in recent years. It's not been just a Jason Garrett problem, but the Cowboys lost three of their last four in 2013, their final two in 2012 and four of their last five in 2011 to finish 8-8 all three years. This year's late-season schedule is difficult -- five of the last seven away from home -- but the pivotal stretch will be early in the year to make sure the end of the year is relevant. Six of the Cowboys' first nine games are at AT&T Stadium, which has not provided the greatest of home-field advantages since opening. The Cowboys have a three-game homestand from Oct. 19-Nov. 2 against three NFC teams that they almost have to sweep to stay in contention in the division or help in the wild-card standings.

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Tony Romo not needed until training camp

May, 23, 2013
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.