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Cowboys OTAs recap: Tony Romo impresses by practicing every day

Cowboys QB coach Wade Wilson and OC Scott Linehan raved about Tony Romo’s showing during OTAs this month. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)
Cowboys QB coach Wade Wilson and OC Scott Linehan raved about Tony Romo’s showing during OTAs this month. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner) Star-Telegram

Tony Romo continues to show how far he’s come since undergoing consecutive back surgeries the previous two offseasons.

For the first time in three years, Romo took part in this month’s organized team activities and didn’t sit out a single practice. He went through individual and team drills this past month, impressing the Cowboys’ coaching staff.

“He has way exceeded expectations,” Cowboys quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson said. “We really didn’t anticipate him to practice three days in a row and he hasn’t missed anything.

“He’s taking the amount of reps he’s supposed to take and he’s throwing the ball with a lot of authority and really engaged with the guys.”

That’s a far different story than last summer, as Romo was still recovering from offseason surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back. After the 2013 season, Romo underwent a back operation to remove a cyst that sidelined him in that summer’s OTAs.

Last season, the Cowboys formulated a plan for Romo that worked fairly well. He didn’t practice more than two consecutive days during training camp, and took Wednesdays off during the regular season.

Romo went on to have the best season in his career, leading the Cowboys to a 12-4 record and NFC East division title. With a full offseason workload going into next season, the Cowboys hope that Romo builds off his standout season.

Romo seems positive that will happen, too.

“It’s been good,” Romo said after the team’s final OTA practice Wednesday. “I’ve been building the base up, continuing to get stronger each week. I’ve just been excited about how it has been going and the progression.”

Romo’s offseason workload has picked up this year, as stated, but the Cowboys continue to monitor and consult with him.

“It’s always just a feel thing,” Wilson said. “He doesn’t do our walkthroughs before practice, he goes and gets his rehab done. That’s what keeps him going I think.”

Added offensive coordinator Scott Linehan: “Tony’s looked great. He’s working on his craft. It’s good that he can get these reps both physically and mentally this time of year.”

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