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Tony Romo shows he can take a hit

08/23/2014 8:12 PM

08/23/2014 8:11 PM

Tony Romo was sacked three times Saturday. More importantly, he got up without an issue every time.

Romo, who had surgery to repair a herniated disk last December, appeared to have no lingering effects after being hit several times by the Dolphins’ defense in the first half.

“He got knocked around a little bit, and that could be good and bad,” coach Jason Garrett said. “You want the protection to be clean, but at the same time for him, in his preparation for [the season opener Sept. 7 against] San Francisco, it’s good to have him feel the physical part of the game.”

Romo took his first real shot of the preseason in the first quarter when Dolphins linebacker Olivier Vernon chased him down from behind and forced a fumble.

Romo was then sacked twice in the second quarter by Cameron Wake, who beat right tackle Doug Free each time. Romo went on to play the entire first half.

He went 10-for-18 for 87 yards, leading the Cowboys on two scoring drives that resulted in long field goals by Dan Bailey. Romo took a total of 32 snaps.

“It felt good to get through a half,” Romo said. “We want to put more points on the board, but we hurt ourselves with penalties. The game is always going to be hard if you keep putting yourself behind.”

Asked the positives he took away, Romo said: “It’s good to get on the road and get through some of the communication things that come up. We had to get through a few things that we have to do a better job with. I have to communicate a few things better to get on the same page with the guys, and that’s on me.”

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