Tony Romo: Rehab is 'going good'

Updated: March 9, 2014, 3:07 AM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo spoke for the first time on Saturday night about his back surgery.

After watching the Duke-North Carolina game with coach Jason Garrett, Romo told ESPN's Rece Davis that his recovery from back surgery is going well and he's on target to participate in next month's organized team activities.

"It's going good," said Romo, who was wearing a black Duke polo shirt. "We're getting close now to [returning]. Usually takes three months, it's just normal kinda roundabout date that they give ya and we're right on schedule. Really ahead in a lot of ways. Just going to be ready to go here in about a month and rehab is going good, no setbacks of any kind. Mine [surgery] was just a normal small version of it, so I should be good to go here shortly."

Romo dealt with minor back issues during the 2013 season and a few days before a Week 16 game at Washington was limping during the early stages of a practice. Romo said it was just normal soreness, but late in the game against the Redskins, he came up limping again after avoiding a sack.

Romo finished the game but suffered a herniated disk and underwent season-ending surgery two days before the regular-season finale against Philadelphia.

Cowboys officials said Romo received instant relief after the surgery and he should be ready to start the 2014 offseason program on time.

Romo has been seen around the Dallas area looking slimmer than he did last year and on Friday he was shooting baskets on the Duke campus.

"I mean you do little things," he said. "You progress, everything is a progression. You kinda, whatever it is, whether it's running or lifting, everything just starts small and you progress up. So we've already started a lot of that stuff [rehab] going. Now it's just going to the next step every week or two and just attacking. For me, it's like anything else, just another thing to attack and improve and I'm always up for that."

Romo finished the 2013 season with 3,828 yards with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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