Cowboys notes: Romo talks his way into practice on supposed rest day

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Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett has not decided whether quarterback Tony Romo will play against the Miami Dolphins in Sunday’s preseason opener.

But if it comes down to anything like Tuesday’s practice, look for Romo to finagle his way in for a few snaps in the Hall of Fame game.

In what was supposed to be a rest day, as the team focused on short-yardage and goal-line work, Romo talked his way into full participation in practice.

“Initially, he was not going to practice,” said quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson in echoing the plan laid out by Garrett before practice. “But he said ‘I feel fine. I’m not going to do individual stuff and get a full day off tomorrow and possibly do 30 or 40 throws in all of practice.’ You like for him to take care of his body, but you like that aggressive mentality with the team. ‘Hey if they are going to be out there I’m going to be out there.’ He didn’t overdo anything.”

Defensive end DeMarcus Ware took notice and said Romo’s attitude will go a long way in the locker room.

“You know with a guy like Romo, that’s what we need to see, a guy who’s out there working when he shouldn’t be working and doing what he needs to do when he doesn’t have to,” Ware said. “That carries over into the game. Sometimes there are some adverse times in the game to where you don’t want to get out there and do it, but you get out there and do it and not just for yourself. You do it for your teammates.”

Garrett wanted to give Romo the day off, hoping to combine that with the scheduled off day on Wednesday to give him some much-needed rest which could prove beneficial down the road.

Garrett, however, made it clear that there are no concerns or issues with Romo’s health and nothing related to the back surgery that sidelined him during the off-season. He started out camp a little rusty because of the time off but has gotten better and more polished every day.

“I think he’s made great progress each and every day,” Garrett said. “I think you just see it. Like with a lot of guys in your first day at camp, there’s a little rust that you have. Your feet always aren’t underneath you, whatever position you play, and you’re just kind of feeling your way back into football. I think Tony had some of that. But each and every day throughout camp, he’s gotten better and better and better.”

Wilson agreed that Romo has had a real good start to camp, but most importantly is developing chemistry with the three rookies, center Travis Frederick, receiver Terrance Williams and tight end Gavin Escobar, that he missed in the off-season.

“Missing the spring, you always want to come back out and get that work,” Wilson said. “His camp has been solid.”

Bryant absent again

Receiver Dez Bryant missed a fourth day of practice Tuesday because of quad/hip issue, but the Cowboys remain unconcerned, particularly owner Jerry Jones.

Jones said Bryant could practice if necessary, but the Cowboys are letting him take it easy because of the impressive show he put on the first week of camp. He also says there is no reason to think that Bryant won’t play in the preseason opener against the Dolphins on Sunday.

“He can take it easy right now,” Jones said. “We got a lot of days left. He is likely to get snaps [against the Dolphins] … very likely. There has been no talk of him not getting snaps. It’s not a hip. It’s just a tweak. He could be out there in a minute. We are just resting it.”

Cowboys will add tackle

The Cowboys are expected to sign rookie defensive tackle Toby Jackson to the roster on Wednesday to shore up the injury-depleted defensive line, according to a source.

The Cowboys need to make a roster move to clear room to add Jackson. Both moves should happen Wednesday.

Jackson, academically ineligible for his senior year at Central Florida, put his name in the NFL supplemental draft in July, but was not selected.

The Cowboys needed reinforcements because of the loss of defensive end Cameron Sheffield, for a couple of weeks, with a groin injury. The Cowboys are already without tackle Jay Ratliff (groin) and ends Anthony Spencer (knee), Tyrone Crawford (season-ending Achilles surgery) and Ike Igbinosun (ankle).

Clarence E. Hill Jr., 817-390-7760 Twitter: @clarencehilljr

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