Romo might not play in Hall of Fame Game

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Coach Jason Garrett said Saturday that the Dallas Cowboys are considering not playing quarterback Tony Romo and possibly a few other starters in the Hall of Fame Game against the Miami Dolphins on Aug. 4.

“Sure, it’s a consideration,” Garrett said. “We have five preseason games. But nothing has been decided.”

It would likely mean that Romo, who started training camp a little rusty after missing the entire off-season program because of minor back surgery, won’t make his preseason debut until the second game against the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 9.

Owner Jerry Jones said the Cowboys are simply being smart by considering all options.

“Here he is, he’s coming back, working himself into shape. I think really what Jason meant was, with all these guys with a fifth [preseason] game, we’ll use our head and be sensible about it,” Jones said.

Garrett made it clear that no final decision has been made, and it hasn’t been discussed in detail.

“I really haven’t had any discussions about our playing rotation in that first game, the Hall of Fame Game, up there next week,” Garrett said. “We’ll have those discussions next week. It is a bonus preseason game, so once we have those discussions, I don’t anticipate our starting players playing that much.

“That’s typically a progression we have in the preseason. We haven’t had those talks yet, though.”

The last time the Cowboys played in the Hall of Fame Game was 2010, and Romo played only played the opening series.

Jones said that Romo has had a good start to training camp and looks the same, other than his added involvement on offense and getting back in shape.

“I like what he’s doing,” Jones said. “He’s benefitting not only from on-the-field, but off-the-field stuff. A lot of the stuff you’re seeing out there is him and some of his things. I sit in on most of the after-practice offensive meetings, and I know it’s going good from their perspective in those meetings.

“I’m not seeing any differences. Maybe I see him playing into shape. He looks a little more comfortable out there [than] when he started.”

Bryant rests

Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was given Saturday off to rest a minor quad/hip issue, team vice president Stephen Jones said.

The Cowboys are uncertain whether Bryant will participate in Sunday’s scrimmage, but Jones said the injury is not considered serious and more of a wear-and-tear thing.

Jones said Cowboys believe rest is the best answer, and it’s thought to be so minor that there are no plans for a magnetic resonance imaging exam.

The decision to rest Bryant was termed “camp fatigue” rather than injury by Jason Garrett.

Bryant has been the best player in camp through the first week.

Jerry Jones also said after practice Saturday that there was nothing to be concerned about.

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