Cowboys’ notes: Romo will have more leeway on audibles; guard Leary to have surgery

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The Dallas Cowboys are giving Tony Romo more responsibility this season. That includes additional freedom for him to audible at the line of scrimmage.

“I think they all go hand in hand together,” Romo said Wednesday. “I think more than anything when you’re in there, and you’re part of understanding what we’re trying to do, you know what we’re looking for and what we’re not and what we want to run versus what not.

“So yeah, I’m sure I’ll probably do a little more from time to time at the line. That’s not every time and that doesn’t mean every game. It just means that capability is there for us, and we’ve been doing a lot of different things to practice that stuff, and it’ll just add to our package.”

Romo gained a bigger hand in the offense after he signed a six-year, $108 million contract extension. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has said that Romo’s “Peyton Manning-like involvement” is part of his evolution as quarterback.

Romo, 33, is in his seventh full season as the team’s starter. This will be his first full season without Jason Garrett as the play-caller.

Romo said he and new play-caller Bill Callahan are finding a rhythm after spending training camp together in meetings as well as on the practice field.

“I don’t know how much time it is, but it’s hours every day that we’re outside the football field that we’re in meetings together, that we’re talking and going over stuff, and it’s a good thing,” Romo said. “It’s been a real good rapport. Bill’s got a good mind for football just like Jason, and it just allows us to do a lot of different things that we all put our heads together and kind of attack them.”

Leary to have surgery

Left guard Ron Leary will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday, according to a source. The left guard missed the team’s walk-through practice Wednesday and an MRI later revealed the bad news.

Leary had moved into the starting lineup after Nate Livings underwent knee surgery, and the Cowboys were counting on Leary to start the season opener against the Giants. That now is in doubt.

Leary’s injury is unrelated to the degenerative disorder in his left knee.

David Arkin replaced Leary on Wednesday.

The Cowboys were already thin at the position, with Livings, Kevin Kowalski (knee), Ryan Cook (back) and Ray Dominguez (shoulder) out. They tried to sign Brandon Moore last week, but he retired before reporting to camp.

The Cowboys are in a holding pattern with veteran Brian Waters, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2011. They offered the Waxahachie resident a contract, but he has yet to commit.

Wilcox’s mom dies

Safety J.J. Wilcox will not return to the team until next week after his mother’s funeral. Marshell Wilcox died on Tuesday.

Wilcox left camp earlier this week to be with his mother, who had lupus and lung sarcoidosis, a syndrome involving abnormal collections of chronic inflammatory cells that can form as nodules in the lungs.

“It’s tough for anyone, just tough for anybody, a young person, an adult,” Jason Garrett said. “Obviously, a very difficult time, and we have complete respect for what is going on in his life right now and want to give him all the opportunity to make sure he takes care of that the way he needs to. All the support systems are available to him. I think it’s just a really difficult thing in life.”

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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