Tony Romo not only has returned to the practice field, but the Cowboys quarterback is doing things this offseason he hasn’t done in a while, including playing racquetball.
Romo, who is coming off preventive surgery on his left collarbone after twice fracturing it last season, is doing everything for the Cowboys this offseason.
“The further removed I am from surgery -- and now it’s been quite a while -- I can go a lot longer periods of time doing what I could do before,” Romo said Wednesday. “But for shorter periods of time before, it would just get heavy or I’d need a break or rest. The torque you put on it -- the jolting of stuff, the hits -- it all takes a toll over time. When you have multiple back surgeries, you understand the process sometimes that it’s a little different.”
Romo had back surgeries that limited him during the 2013 and 2014 offseasons. Although Romo went through the full offseason program in 2015, quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said Romo is throwing with more velocity and more accuracy than he has in a few years.
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“Tony’s looked phenomenal,” Wilson said. “It’s the best stretch I’ve seen him in the spring in a long time. No ill effects from any of the injuries. Still does routine to take care of his back and stuff like that, but he’s done his full workload out here. He hasn’t gotten out of anything.”
Head coach Jason Garrett said there is “no plan” for Romo, meaning the Cowboys plan to have him participate in everything this offseason. Romo said it’s the most he’s done in the offseason in “three or four years.”
Romo, 36, feels so good that he’s thinking about playing past the “four or five years” that owner Jerry Jones has said Romo has left in him. Romo joked about “seven or eight” more years.
“With the way that it’s going right now, the running joke is that I’m the only one in here getting younger each year, so we’ll see if that continues,” Romo said.