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Tony Romo building on 2014 with first full off-season in three years

Tony Romo, shown walking off the field after the team’s wild-card playoff win, is participating in his first full off-season in three years.
Tony Romo, shown walking off the field after the team’s wild-card playoff win, is participating in his first full off-season in three years. Star-Telegram

For the first time in three years, Tony Romo gets to do more than just watch the Cowboys’ organized team activities.

“It’s been great,” Romo said Wednesday. “I think just to be able to kind of have an off-season. You’re always rehabbing, but at the same time, I’m kind of able to build during this off-season. It’s exciting really.”

In 2013, Romo had surgery to remove a cyst from his back, which kept him out of the off-season program, OTAs and minicamp. He spent last off-season rehabbing from the herniated disc surgery he underwent the previous December, sitting out all team work.

“Tony’s obviously further along [this year],” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday. “He didn’t have an off-season surgery, so he was able to do a lot more things in our off-season program up to this point.

“…He, like with a lot of guys on our team, you want to make sure you monitor them. You’re on top of where they are every day in terms of their reps and what work they’re getting. But he’s handled everything we’ve asked him to do to this point really well.”

Last season, Romo missed the Arizona game with two fractures in his transverse process. But he entered the off-season fully healed.

He said he is working on improving on last season when he led the league in completion percentage (69.9), yards per attempt (8.5), passer rating (113.2) and game-winning drives (5).

“I think I’m building right now,” Romo said. “…Right now you’re trying to build to see where your baseline is going to be and what you can do. It’s been good. It’s been a good start.”

Charean Williams, 817-390-7760

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