Dallas Cowboys

August 18, 2014

Cowboys continue to be cautious with Romo

The Cowboys’ practice plan for Tony Romo hasn’t changed even though his surgically repaired back has responded well.

Tony Romo’s surgically repaired back responded well to the 16 snaps he took Saturday, coach Jason Garrett said Monday, but the practice plan hasn’t changed for the quarterback.

The Dallas Cowboys will continue to be cautious with Romo, who sat out five of 16 training camp practices.

“I would say same [plan],” Garrett said. “We’re going to have good practices this week, and we’re going to get after it, and everybody’s going to be a part of that. Any of the guys who are coming off injuries, you want to make sure they’re able to handle the work, and if not we’ll back them off a little bit.”

Romo completed 4 of 5 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown in two series against the Baltimore Ravens. He took 16 snaps, with two plays nullified by holding penalties. It was his first game action since Week 16 against Washington on Dec. 22.

“I think he felt comfortable,” Garrett said. “The one play for me that stood out was the one where he climbed the pocket and threw it to Dez [Bryant]. His eyes were up. You could tell he just felt what was going on. He just had a really good feel for it. He felt like himself on that particular play. … It looked like he was comfortable out there, seeing things, moving around and feeling things in the pocket.”

Romo underwent surgery for a herniated disk on Dec. 27, missing the Week 17 game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Garrett said Romo feels “fine” after his return to action.

Romo and the starters likely will get their final preseason action Saturday against the Miami Dolphins.

Holloman getting checked

Linebacker DeVonte Holloman is being evaluated by doctors after yet another neck injury. The 2013 sixth-round draft pick missed seven games with a neck injury last season. He re-injured his neck in Saturday’s preseason game.

“He’s still getting evaluated on that, but it is a neck injury, and he had a neck injury last year, so we’ll just monitor him after he gets the feedback from the doctors,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We’re obviously looking at that situation very closely.”

Garrett was asked if Holloman’s latest injury could be career threatening: “We’ve just got to see what the doctors say. Simple as that.”

Gavin Escobar injured his shoulder Saturday. But Garrett said it is a minor injury, and listed the tight end as “day-to-day.”

Linebacker Anthony Hitchens has a stinger but is expected to practice Tuesday, Garrett said.

Melton needs work

Defensive tackle Henry Melton could be one of the only starters to play in the final preseason game against the Broncos. Garrett conceded Melton needs work and might not be ready for Saturday’s preseason game against the Dolphins, which traditionally is the starters’ final exhibition action.

“We would love to have him play,” Garrett said. “There’s no question about that. We’ll see what he’s able to do this week, and if he can play this week, we would love to have him out there. If not, I would anticipate him playing next week.”

Owner Jerry Jones has termed Melton’s groin injury a “week-to-week” injury as opposed to a “day-to-day” injury. Jones said Monday that Melton and cornerback Morris Claiborne (shoulder) aren’t expected to play against Miami.

Cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Sterling Moore (groin) are closer to being full-go. Carr, who didn’t arrive at training camp until Aug. 9 after the death of his mother, will practice Tuesday.

Garrett said defensive tackle Terrell McClain (high ankle) could return at the end of the week. McClain injured his ankle July 27 and has been out since.

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