Jerry Jones expects to see the same Tony Romo, only better.
The Cowboys owner said on his weekly radio show that Romo will return to form after having surgery Dec. 27 to repair a herniated disk. In fact, Jones expects Romo to be even better because of new play-caller Scott Linehan.
“Yes, I think physically you will see [he is back to form],” Jones said on KRLD-FM. “You’ll also see an improved player relative to the experience and the time that he’s spent with his new coordinator [passing-game coordinator Linehan]. This is a real successful matchup, and I think these guys are going to be pretty effective with the way they work together. Tony basically said look, he said, ‘He’s thinking of it before I do.’ That’s something, because Tony has a lot of thoughts as he basically plays a ball game. He stays out of ahead of it pretty good. So we’re going to be pretty pleased, I think, with that combination.”
Romo will get three consecutive days of practice for the first time since his surgery, which forced him to miss a Week 17 game against the Eagles last season. Romo practiced Monday, and Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he anticipates Romo practicing Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in preparation for the 49ers.
The Cowboys could limit some of Romo’s throws, so it’s possible the team will list him as “limited” in practice. But the Cowboys are confident Romo will return to being the same quarterback come Sunday.
“I think the last couple of weeks, I think we’ve seen Tony really be himself,” Garrett said Monday. “He’s moved around in practice very spontaneously, made a lot of throws. He’s taken hits in games. He’s come back from all that stuff. He’s worked very hard to get himself to a point where he’s 100 percent with his back, and it’s going to be a work in progress for him, just like it would be for anybody coming off of any kind of injury. He’s really looked like himself to me. I think he’s got that look on his face. He’s got confidence about his body being where it needs to be. He like everybody else is just getting ready for this challenge this weekend.”