Dallas Cowboys

Jason Witten expects Tony Romo to come back better than ever

Jason Witten (82, left) is confident Tony Romo (right) has best football ahead.
Jason Witten (82, left) is confident Tony Romo (right) has best football ahead. Star-Telegram

It’s no secret that Jason Witten and Tony Romo are buddies on and off the field, so it should come as no surprise that Witten is confident Romo is going to return better than ever in 2016.

Witten made it clear that he has high hopes for the Dallas Cowboys and their star quarterback, Romo, who had an injury-plagued season that required offseason surgery.

“He’s going to be ready,” Witten said on Sunday as he hosted his annual football ProCamps at Argyle Liberty High School. “He’s worked really hard this offseason. Just one of those years [last year] where those things happen.

“I know he’s worked really hard to come back and I don’t think he’s trying to come back to his old self. I think he’s coming back to try and be better.”

Romo, 36, is two years removed from arguably the best year of his career. In 2014, Romo completed a league-best 69.9 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,705 yards with 34 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

Romo garnered MVP consideration for his season, as he led the Cowboys to a 12-4 record and NFC East title.

But injuries wrecked last season for Romo and the Cowboys. He fractured his left collarbone twice, and underwent a ‘Mumford procedure’ on March 8 to shave off a portion of the clavicle to reduce pain and discomfort.

The recovery has gone well, according to the Cowboys coaching staff, and Romo has had no limitations in offseason work so far.

And count Witten among the many who see better days ahead for the Cowboys and Romo, who hasn’t played a full 16-game season since 2012.

“Seeing Tony play and communicate out there, it just sets the tone of how our football team is going to be,” Witten said. “I think he’s had a great offseason.”