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July 31, 2013

Tony Romo working way back, even in ‘light’ practice

OXNARD, Calif. — Tony Romo didn’t look like somebody taking the day off.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback was going through regular work Tuesday after coach Jason Garrett said he would practice “very lightly” at most on the 10th day of training camp.

Romo hasn’t shown any signs of trouble in camp after having a cyst removed from his back in April.

But the procedure led to a mostly idle offseason for his arm and legs, and some intriguing issues the first week of camp.

Garrett hasn’t told reporters whether Romo will play in the preseason opener after suggesting to the team’s flagship radio station that he would rest. And there are questions about how far behind he was physically when he came to California.

“I think more than anything just getting back into it, getting the body to start, stop, go, quit, that football entails,” Romo said Monday. “It’s different from the conditioning aspect of it. So it’s been a great week.”

Romo was waiting for the Cowboys in California, having gone through a self-described boot camp in the mountains while trying to cram a full offseason of conditioning into about a month and a half.

He said he worked as hard as he could to get ready, and practicing Tuesday when Garrett said it might be a day off was another sign he feels good enough to keep going.

“Football is hard to duplicate an 11-on-11 experience with the exact same tempo and feeling,” Romo said. “But there are people around you and it’s something you need to do. I feel very comfortable right now.”

The 33-year-old downplayed the procedure to remove the cyst even in the report that broke the news, saying he was sitting out offseason workouts mostly for precautionary reasons and not ruling out a return for the June minicamp.

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