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Jason Witten says Tony Romo is better than ever

Tony Romo is throwing the ball well following collarbone surgery earlier this offseason.
Tony Romo is throwing the ball well following collarbone surgery earlier this offseason. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Tony Romo is throwing the ball as well as he ever has at this stage in the offseason, tight end Jason Witten said.

Witten praised the way Romo has handled himself throughout organized team activities, saying the Dallas Cowboys quarterback has shown no signs of being limited following a procedure on his left collarbone earlier this offseason.

“He does look really good. His tempo, the energy he is bringing, everything he is doing at the line of scrimmage, he looks really well,” Witten said. “That excites us to see him back healthy, even better than what he was before. I know he’s worked really hard to get to that point.”

Witten made the comments Thursday evening as he and Romo were on hand for the Dallas Cowboys’ Women’s Association Fashion’s First Down, a charity event their wives help put on.

Earlier on Thursday, former Cowboys vice president of player personnel Gil Brandt posted on Twitter that Romo was “really throwing the ball well. Looks ready for season.”

Romo played in only four games a season ago, fracturing his collarbone twice. He underwent what is known as a ‘Mumford’ procedure that shaved off part of his clavicle in hopes of reducing future injuries to it, and is confident it will become a thing of the past.

Romo, 36, called last season “an anomaly” on the injury front.

“I understand where I’m at in my career and I also understand that I was hurt and banged up last year,” Romo said. “It’s a collarbone, you know? I don’t think my collarbone is going to be anything that takes you out every year you play football.”

Romo went on to acknowledge that he’s throwing the ball well, however, downplayed the significance of it at this point in the offseason.

“I don’t think anything matters until you actually play football games,” Romo said. “No one actually cares at this time of year what’s going on because they don’t see you. For us as football players, we can tell when we take a step or improve. I’m just excited about what I feel like is an improvement in some areas and that makes you excited to play football games. We’ll see what happens, but I think we’re going to have a good chance.

“I’ve got a long ways to go, but it’s a good start. And that’s all it is right now – a good start.”

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