Thursday, July 28, 2011
Updated: July 29, 10:10 AM ET
Tony Romo just glad to be on field
By Todd Archer
SAN ANTONIO -- For the first time since fracturing his left collarbone against the New York Giants on Oct. 25, 2010, Tony Romo is once again the Cowboys' quarterback.
"It just feels like it's been a long time since you've been out here playing, even doing this," Romo said after Thursday's walkthrough. "Just these things you haven't done in a long time. I think it's enjoyable to be back out here throwing the football and competing, and now all of a sudden, the little things each day, why, how am I going to improve, how can this team improve, how can we get better every day we're out here, and that's what we're doing."
Romo threw 11 touchdown passes with seven interceptions in his six starts and had a 94.9 passer rating before the injury. He spent the rest of the season rehabbing and working with his backup, Jon Kitna.
In the offseason, Romo organized the player-run practices at Southlake's Dragon Stadium during the lockout in May.
"Anytime you're away from the game for any extended period of time, you understand why you played it growing up, why you love it and why you love to compete and be out here with these guys," Romo said. "For me, it's just another opportunity I missed to know I want to work my butt off to be back out here to help this team win. I think I've done that leading up to this point. I've just got to keep going."
The Cowboys in all likelihood will re-work Romo's contract in order to create more salary-cap room. He is scheduled to count $12.9 million against the cap but they can lower it to roughly $7.5 million.
"Anything the team needs," Romo said. "They know I'm here for that. Whenever that time comes, if they need it, we'll talk about it."
Todd Archer covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com.