Quarterback Tony Romo has reportedly fully recovered from offseason back surgery, but that doesn’t mean he will play in Saturday’s Hall of Fame game.
Held in Canton, Ohio, the Dallas Cowboys will face the Miami Dolphins in the annual preseason game, but Romo probably won’t be taking the field according to a report from NFL.com last week. Head coach Jason Garrett said his first string can expect to play in Week 2 of preseason, meaning Romo has more time to rest up after a cyst was removed from his back in April.
The 33-year-old Romo set new team records for passing yards (4,903) and pass attempts (648) last season, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones rewarded him with a six-year $108 million contract extension in the offseason. Dallas intends to protect its hefty investment and limit Romo's chances of injury.
During practice sessions on Tuesday the 11-year veteran looked sharp as the Cowboys worked largely on goal-line and short-yardage plays, as reported by the Dallas Morning News.
Romo worked on several roll outs and got in some time with running back Phillip Tanner, who took the place of DeMarco Murray, according to the team’s official site. Like Romo, the club is slowly working Murray back into the swing of things after he sat out most of last season with a foot injury.
Romo can use training camp to develop better chemistry with receivers he’s already worked with, as well as newcomers like rookie Terrance Williams and second-year player Jared Green.
Originally an undrafted rookie free agent with the Carolina Panthers last season, Green burned cornerback Brandon Carr twice for touchdowns on Tuesday, according to the Morning News. The 6-foot-1 Green also got in some time with back-up quarterback Kyle Orton, hauling in a slant pass to the right side of the field for a huge gain.
Green, who totaled three college seasons with Virginia and Southern University, was relegated to the Panthers practice squad last year. He tallied 52 receptions for 670 yards and four touchdowns in 46 collegiate games, and is probably hungry to get into his first professional game.
A year under his belt against NFL competition looked like it helped Green, while third-round draft pick Williams may need some more time to develop.
Dallas took Williams with the 74th overall pick back in April due to his success at Baylor. He was second on the team with 59 catches for 957 yards and 11 touchdowns, earning second-team All-Big 12 accolades.
Williams got several reps running the wide receiver screen, along with Miles Austin and Dwyane Harris. He dropped a pass in a 1-on-1 workout with Romo, but also caught one ball for a 10-yard gain off a screen.