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Sunday, August 1, 2010
Romo says arm soreness not serious

By Calvin Watkins
ESPNDallas.com

SAN ANTONIO -- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has soreness in the biceps of his right throwing arm that led to him struggling in practice on Saturday and for him making fewer throws on Sunday.

Romo said its normal soreness and he's undergoing ice and rest as treatment. The Cowboys' veterans didn't practice Sunday morning but did in the afternoon, and Romo didn't take as many reps during the warm-up period.

Romo said it's nothing serious, still he admitted his arm bothered him.

"For me, my arm's a little sore I got to watch it just cause you don't want it to stay like that for an extended period of time," Romo said after Sunday's afternoon practice. "But I think we started [Sunday] just watching [it] a little bit, it caught up to me [Saturday] and we'll get better going forward."

Romo has made over 200 throws in practice, counting warm-ups, individual and team drills. During Saturday's session, Romo struggled to find open receivers and appeared to have little zip on the ball during red zone drills.

There were times after a poor throw he would slowly walk back from the line of scrimmage with his head down.

Sunday afternoon he threw the ball with better velocity.

"I can imagine the number of balls he's thrown," Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said. "But it's not something we noted in our meetings before practice and the trainers didn't say anything about it. Had there been an issue the trainers would have said something about it after practice."

The Cowboys have held 14 practices over nine days, with the veteran players getting the morning off of a two-a-day session, twice. The Cowboys, as a whole, have no days off during training camp in San Antonio and none are scheduled in Oxnard, Calif., where the team will practice from Aug. 14-27.

Some practices have been walkthroughs, where players go half-speed.

Coach Wade Phillips said his team in general is a little bit tired physically.

"They are sore and tired and weary," Phillips said. "But that's what you go through."

The Cowboys don't seem worried about Romo's arm at this stage of training camp because he's battled soreness before. There were times during the regular season Romo would walk through the Valley Ranch complex with ice on his arm.

"If you do it the right way it's usually about a two-or three-day thing and [you] can get back a little bit and go from there," he said. "It's part of every season and I'm pretty sure every quarterback goes through it."

Calvin Watkins covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter or leave a question for his weekly mailbag.