Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo doesn’t worry about his surgically-repaired back on the field anymore

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo takes questions from the media after the morning walk-through at training camp.\
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo takes questions from the media after the morning walk-through at training camp.\ AP

Arguably the No. 1 storyline going into training camp a year ago centered on quarterback Tony Romo and his surgically-repaired back.

Nobody knew what to expect out of Romo, particularly with a significantly lighter workload during training camp than in previous years. Romo didn’t practice more than two consecutive days during camp, and most mocked his declaration that his best years were ahead of him.

But that plan worked out well for Romo, who went on to have the best season in his career. Still, some wonder just how many more hits Romo can take before his back completely gives out on him.

That thought, though, doesn’t enter Romo’s mind.

“It does not come across my mind the days it is good. We make sure it feels good going into games,” Romo said. “That is our objective. You have to figure that out by trial and error and we did that last year. This year because my base is a little stronger, we’ll see how camp goes and adjust from there but basically it’s better than it was.”

That doesn’t mean a good hit can’t sideline Romo. It happened last year when Washington linebacker Keenan Robinson knocked him out of the game briefly, and forced Romo to sit out the following week against Arizona.

“Obviously if you take the wrong kind of hit like Washington last year, that’s going to hurt,” Romo said. “But over time, I found that I have to manage just the constant torque you put in your back through repetition. You just have to manage that.

“If you do that then I’m able to handle hits better, I’m able to move better, I’m able to fire when you decide to move and run more explosively. I think all that goes hand in hand.”

As far as his training camp schedule, Romo said he and the coaching staff has discussed a tentative outline of what it could look like. It includes more practice time than last year, including practicing three consecutive days.

However, Romo knows that these things are always subject to change.

“In general, I think you want to ensure, you want to always be feeling good,” Romo said. “You don’t need to push it to a point that sometimes can take you to where you need multiple days. It’s smart to be smart about it.”

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