The health of quarterback Tony Romo and his ability have a full offseason for the first time in three seasons was considered one of the two biggest bright spots for the Cowboys heading into training camp along with the signing of receiver Dez Bryant and avoiding a holdout.
It was the first time since 2012 that Romo, 35, entered camp healthy and ready go after being limited in camp by back injuries the past two seasons.
Three weeks into camp, Romo’s health is arguably the highlight of the work the Cowboys have gotten done at their Oxnard practice fields.
There have been no setbacks with Tuesday being the best measure of Romo’s health _ considering it was the first time all camp and the first time since before last season that he would practice four consecutive days.
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Romo practiced no more than two straight days in camp last season and took every Wednesday off during the season.
He had off days after two practices the first two weeks of camp. But that ended Monday when he practiced a third straight day in the joint work out against the St. Louis Rams before he did the fourth day on Tuesday.
The Cowboys have Wednesday off.
"Oh, I think his offseason has been completely different this year than it’s been the last couple of years," coach Jason Garrett said. "He wasn’t able to do anything in the offseason program. It was all about rehabbing his back. He missed a lot of football the last two years, both in the offseason program and once he got to training camp. This offseason has been different. He was a full participant in our offseason program. He practiced virtually every day in the OTAs and the minicamp. So he’s in a different place right now than he was the last couple of years. Again, we’ll take his situation day by day just like we would any player on our team. And he’s certainly made progress. Obviously he’s an important part of our football team, and it’s good to have him out there."
Romo had the best season of his career in 2014 despite the limited camp work, throwing 34 touchdowns to 9 interceptions, while leading the league in completion percentage and quarterback rating.
The Cowboys are excited that Romo could be even better in 2015 after a healthy and strong offseason and training camp for the first time in three seasons.
The thing that pleases Garrett the most is that Romo, the oldest player on the team and in his 13th year, is working and striving to be better
“For me it’s the nature of being a human being,” Garrett said. “We’re always striving to be our best. As individual people, as coaches, as players, the idea that we’ve achieved some pinnacle in our career, I just don’t really buy that. Often times what happens is in the arc of a player’s career is they diminish physically over the course of that career, but they improve in so many other ways that their prime might be after their physical prime. So you’re always trying to improve in every way. The strides that Tony has made over the last few years I think have been significant. His understanding of our offense, his understanding of defenses, how to handle situations and it really goes to hopefully the environment that we’ve put him in, but equally important is the approach he takes every day to improve in every way that he can.”