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Tony Romo | Quarterback

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/21/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 236
College: Eastern Illinois
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Troy Aikman said he would be a bit concerned over Tony Romo's back woes.
Romo, who will turn 34 on Monday, has undergone two back surgeries within the last year. Aikman had his first back surgery at 26 years old and then faced more back issues just before his retirement age 34. Of course, medicine has come a long way in the last 15 years and the Cowboys have expressed no concern over Romo's health. His rehab remains on schedule. Apr 17 - 8:22 AM

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Speaking Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tony Romo is ahead of schedule in rehabilitation from his back surgery.

Romo has yet to resume throwing to receivers, but is expected to participate in OTAs, albeit in a limited fashion. It's not a surprise that the Cowboys are all sunshine about Romo's status, but there doesn't appear to be any reason for concern.
Mar 25 - 5:23 PM

Tony Romo (back surgery) said he's had "no setbacks of any kind."

Romo underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk in December. "We're getting close now," he said. "Usually it takes three months, it's just normal kind of roundabout date that they give you and we're right on schedule." Romo spent time at Duke over the last week, chatting with coach David Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe helped Peyton Manning with his mechanics following his 2011 neck surgery.
Mar 10 - 7:55 AM

The Cowboys have converted $12.5 million of Tony Romo's $13.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, clearing cap room in 2014.

Moves like this ensure future cap woes, but are needed by financially-strapped teams like Dallas simply to get under the 2014 cap. Romo's cap figure has now dropped from $21.773 million to $11.773 million. The Cowboys created $6.8 million on Monday by doing similar things with the contracts of CB Orlando Scandrick and MLB Sean Lee. They're now roughly $1 million over the cap.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 4 - 8:41 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tony Romo was "absolutely ecstatic" over the Scott Linehan hire.

Romo should be. Linehan, who guided Matthew Stafford to an average of 4,885 passing yards per season over the last three years, promises to bring both volume and effective scheming to Dallas' offense. Although the Cowboys seemed extremely pass-happy last season, Romo ranked just 14th in attempts and has thrown more than 550 passes in a season just once in his career. Stafford topped 634 attempts in each of the last three seasons.
Feb 26 - 8:06 AM

Executive Stephen Jones reiterated Tuesday that the Cowboys expect Tony Romo (back surgery) to be ready for OTAs.

Neither owner Jerry Jones nor his son ever pass up an opportunity to publicly comment on a player. "By the time everything rolls around to OTAs and everything, I think he’ll be participating in it," Jones said. "Now, he won’t just be crazy about it. We’re not trying to win the Super Bowl with OTAs. But I think he’s on target and feels good." The Cowboys have zero reason to push Romo as he returns from his late-December operation, but he's clearly going to be 100 percent well ahead of training camp.
Feb 18 - 10:23 PM

Tony Romo (back surgery) is expected to be cleared for low impact work within the next 1-2 weeks.

Romo has reportedly made "excellent" progress since Dec. 27 surgery that relieved pressure on a herniated disc. He's been limited to basic core and stabilization work so far, but the Cowboys expect to see him throwing at some point during the offseason program. Romo's training camp status is not in doubt.
Feb 6 - 8:39 AM

The Cowboys are expected to restructure the contracts of both Tony Romo and Kyle Orton.

Dallas goes through this every offseason -- just pushing problems further down the road to deal with the following year. The Cowboys are currently projected to be nearly $25 million over the 2014 salary cap. Turning Romo's $13.5 million base salary into the veteran's minimum and a "signing bonus" would create over $9 million in cap space. Orton and his $4.37 million cap number could be released, but that would save a meager $995,000.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 27 - 6:48 PM

According to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Tony Romo (back surgery) is "doing well," and expected to "do something" in the team's offseason program.

Commenting on rumors about Romo's weight ballooning following his operation, Jones also said Romo had shed some LBs. Jones had previously said Romo will be ready for OTAs, but with two back surgeries in the past nine months now under his belt, there's little reason for Romo to rush. We doubt he does much of anything before June's mandatory minicamp. He doesn't need to.
Jan 20 - 5:22 PM

Jerry Jones said the Cowboys will not be using a "significant" draft pick on a quarterback.

Jones expects Tony Romo (back surgery) to be ready for spring OTAs and play a high level for "several years to come." He's clearly not concerned that Romo has now had two back surgeries in the last eight months (the first was to remove a cyst). The Cowboys have not drafted a quarterback since using a fourth-round pick on Stephen McGee way back in 2009.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 12:04:00 PM

Tony Romo underwent back surgery Friday morning and is officially out for the remainder of the season.

Coach Jason Garrett revealed the news and said the team will place Romo on season-ending injured reserve this afternoon. Romo was dealing with a herniated disk in his lower back. He received an epidural injection Tuesday in an effort to relieve the pain, but it had minimal effect. Romo has now undergone two back operations this year, though the Cowboys say they are unrelated. Kyle Orton will start this week's winner-take-all game against the Eagles. Jon Kitna is his backup. It's unclear whether Romo will be ready for OTAs in the spring.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 11:36:00 AM

Tony Romo's back is only "slightly" improved as a result of his epidural injection.

Romo didn't attend practice, team meetings or the game-plan session on Wednesday and he won't practice on Thursday either. The Cowboys continue to keep the NFL world in limbo by not officially announcing his status, but no one is giving him a real shot to suit up. The epidural was a desperation move that apparently hasn't panned out. Kyle Orton took all the first-team reps Wednesday and makes for an intriguing FanDuel play this week. Coach Jason Garrett offered "nothing new" on Romo's status when he met with the media Thursday.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 10:41:00 AM

Tony Romo (back) did not practice Wednesday.

Not surprising. Romo reportedly received an epidural injection Tuesday and is just going to rest ahead of Sunday's winner-takes-the-NFC-East matchup with the Eagles. Coach Jason Garrett said Romo feels a little better but "doesn't seem overly comfortable." Garrett added that his quarterback is "fighting through it" and remains "day-to-day." There's just no way Romo is actually going to play, if he truly is dealing with a herniated disk in his back.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 04:05:00 PM

A source tells ESPN's Ed Werder that Tony Romo got an epidural injection for his herniated disc.

It confirms that Romo wants to play in Sunday night's showdown with the Eagles. But Werder's source would still "be very, very surprised if he got back on the field." The Cowboys aren't making any announcements yet because they want Philly to have to prepare for two quarterbacks. In reality, a herniated disc is not something doctors will allow Romo to play through no matter how tough he is.
Tue, Dec 24, 2013 11:54:00 AM

Updating an earlier item, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Tony Romo's season-ending back injury is a herniated disc, and that he requires surgery.

Both FOX's Jay Glazer and's Ian Rapoport have confirmed Romo's injury is a herniated disc. Meanwhile, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett danced around the issue at Monday's presser, claiming Romo would undergo treatment before the team made a determination on his Week 17 status. He's not going to play, and won't be available for the playoffs should Kyle Orton pull off a Flynn-ian miracle against the Eagles. Big D should give up the ghost sometime in the next 48 hours.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 05:21:00 PM

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QB1Tony Romo
2Kyle Orton
3Brandon Weeden
RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
3Joseph Randle
GLB1DeMarco Murray
2Joseph Randle
3RB1DeMarco Murray
2Lance Dunbar
FB1Tyler Clutts
WR11Dez Bryant
2Cole Beasley
3Lance Lewis
4Tim Benford
WR21Terrance Williams
2Dwayne Harris
3Jamar Newsome
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Jason Witten
2James Hanna
3Gavin Escobar
K1Dan Bailey