The Dallas Cowboys officially took the field without Tony Romo on the field or on the roster for the first time since 2004.
But the new-era Cowboys didn’t make their 2017 debut without the now retired Romo in the building.
Romo, who is now the lead analyst for CBS Sports, used the Cowboys preseason opener against the Cardinals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game as a dress rehearsal for the season.
It was a practice game for Romo.
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NBC Sports carried the game live so Romo and Jim Nantz were huddled behind the end zone in a high school press box.
Romo has been working hard at his new craft, getting tips from Cowboys play-by-play man Brad Sham.
His presence at the Hall of Fame also gives him a chance to pay tribute owner Jerry Jones as Jones gets enshrined along with the rest of the Class of 2017.