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2 months ago

Cowboys QB Tony Romo told the Dallas Morning News on Thursday that he's ready to go out and play a full game after rehabbing from back surgery.  "I mean I don't know that you would go to play in the preseason if you didn't think you could play football," he said. "I mean it's football."  It's just another indication that we probably shouldn't worry about the Cowboys starter performing at the start of the season.  Of course, we'll see how he looks in the team's 3rd preseason game, but we're comfy with Romo toward the bottom of starter territory -- with upside beyond that range.

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Cowboys QB Tony Romo's back certainly didn't look like a problem in his preseason debut against the Ravens on Saturday night.  In 2 possessions, he completed 4 of 5 passes for 80 yards and a score. Three of Romo's 4 completions went to WR Dez Bryant, including a 31-yard TD.  It's a small sample size, but the entire 1st-team offense looked ready for the start of the season.  We'll continue to keep an eye on Romo's back, but if healthy, he offers top-6 fantasy upside.  And you can get him in the 8th or 9th round of your draft.

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2 months ago

After attending Cowboys camp, insider Jason La Canfora came to the conclusion that QB Tony Romo still "isn't himself" after offseason back surgery.  "He's not throwing too many deep balls, he's not rolling out with abandon," La Canfora writes.  "The ball didn't come out with sizzle ... and he wasn't connecting on much outside of 10 or 15 yards ... At this point Romo certainly does not look like a quarterback ready to cut loose and go full throttle."  We've been hearing mixed reviews on Romo's performance in camp.  It's possible he's just taking it easy to make sure he's at 100% when Week 1 rolls around.  We'd feel a lot more comfortable targeting him as a fantasy starter if he shows well in preseason action, though.  We'll see him for the first time on Saturday night.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects QB Tony Romo to play “a few series” Saturday against Baltimore. Romo’s back has limited him in training camp, but it’s not something to be overly concerned about. While Dallas projects as a pass-happy team, Romo should throw behind one of the NFL’s top O-lines. Even if he looks rusty against the Ravens, he'll retain QB1 appeal in fantasy.

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Cowboys QBs coach Wade Wilson says QB Tony Romo's deep ball still isn't back to where it was pre-back surgery.  "It’s been OK," Wilson said.  "I think the deeper the ball goes down the field, it’s a little bit more inconsistent. He’s thrown all the intermediates --- the fours and the seven routes and the deep outs – have been fine. It’s just the nine routes and the deep posts. Those things have been a little inconsistent. I think that’s all due to his back."  Romo still has almost 4 weeks to get it cleaned up before the start of the season.  "As camp goes on, he’ll just get nothing but stronger and more confident in his throws," Wilson said.  We'll be keeping a close eye on Romo in Dallas' 2nd and 3rd preseason games.  (He won't play in the 1st.)

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Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is on track to be at 100% for the start of training camp next month.  “I think earlier on, right after surgery, you kind of go through that mode of getting healthy, kind of having to not do too much right away," Romo explained.  "But now I’m to a point where I can push it and kind of go, and I feel like at this point I could play in a game if I had to.  Obviously you wouldn’t want to right yet, just to let it completely scar up and heal in all the areas that you want. In the next couple weeks I think I’ll be 100 percent ... Your ultimate goal is to be 100 percent on Day 1 of training camp so you don’t miss any time."  Romo has been working in individual drills this spring and has yet to encounter a setback.  At this point, there's no reason to believe the back will be an issue in 2014.  With a 9th-round ADP, Romo is looking like one of the best values at the QB position in fantasy drafts.

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Cowboys QB Tony Romo continues to get closer to 100% after December back surgery.  "I'm getting close," he said. "We're just going to be smart during the OTAs and have a little bit of a pitch count but we're going to go out there each day and try to do all that we can. The guys are working hard and doing great and I think we're going to be ready.  Within the next month, there's no question we'll be 100 percent."  Romo was limited in Dallas' first set of OTAs but is expected to do more when practice gets going again next week.  It's important for him to be on the field as the Cowboys install new play-caller Scott Linehan's offense.  A 34-year-old QB with a history of back problems, Romo isn't the safest fantasy pick this season.  But the risk is mitigated by his mid-round ADP.  And his upside in Linehan's pass-happy offense is huge.

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Cowboys new play-caller Scott Linehan is planning on taking lots of deep shots this season.  “That’s a big part of what I grew up in or believe in," Linehan said. “It’s going to be our philosophy to do those kinds of things maybe a little more. I think we have the personnel for it, for sure. It’s a way to get people backed up a little bit and also create big plays. Everybody says it’s a low percentage play. Depending on the look, it’s a high percentage play, as long as you got weapons on the outside part of the field. I really believe we have that. We also have some big targets with our tight ends. Having the talent, the speed and the length we have at our skill positions I think it’s something you got to implement."  It's excellent news for QB Tony Romo.  He ranked just 18th league-wide last year with 56 attempts of 20+ yards.  He completed 43% of those, though, which ranked 10th best.  In Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams, Romo has a couple dangerous downfield threats.  Linehan's play-calling is a perfect fit for Dallas' personnel. 

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Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) was on the field and throwing during Tuesday's OTA session.  “He’s built up from not being able to do much, to walking around, to doing cardio, to being out on the field,” HC Jason Garrett said. “We had our first on-the-field session today, we’re in Phase 2 of our offseason program, our teaching sessions. He was on the field for 45 minutes with the other guys – he threw the ball, he dropped back.”  Owner Jerry Jones doesn't seem concerned about Romo's status for the 2014 campaign.  “We feel good about Tony’s health, first-hand, medically," Jones said. "His back is everything that we want it to be at this time. So we feel very strongly about the edge that our quarterback gives us, and it’s a great place to be.”  Romo's rehab from December back surgery has gone smoothly.  We'll continue to keep an eye on him this summer, but we're not expecting the back to be a problem.  Romo has plenty of 2014 fantasy football upside under pass-happy play-caller Scott Linehan.

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Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is ready for the start of the team's offseason program today, according to insider Calvin Watkins.  Romo is about 4 months removed from back surgery.  Rehab has gone smoothly by all indications, and the fact that he's participating in these April workouts is more good news.  The back issue adds some risk to Romo's 2014 fantasy profile, but he also carries tons of upside in new play-caller Scott Linehan's pass-happy offense.

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Cowboys QB Tony Romo's recovery from late-December back surgery remains on track.  “It’s going good,” Romo said. “We’re getting close now. Usually it takes three months, it’s just normal kind of roundabout date that they give you and we’re right on schedule. Really ahead in a lot of ways. Just going to be ready to go here in about a month and rehab is going good, no setbacks of any kind. [My surgery] was just a normal small version of it, so I should be good to go here shortly.”  It sounds like Romo is on track to receive full medical clearance by April.  It's still unclear if he'll participate in OTAs, but he should be at 100% for training camp.  Barring some sort of setback, Romo's back won't be an issue in 2014.  He's shaping up as a value pick (again) in fantasy drafts this summer.

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says QB Tony Romo is "ecstatic" about the arrival of play-caller Scott Linehan.  "[Romo] had serious discussions with Detroit’s quarterback (Matt Stafford) and got a great feel for Linehan’s imagination and what Linehan does to maximize skills in the individual players and his flexibility of coming up with schemes within schemes within the base or rules of an offense," Jones said. "Having said all of that, the most excited guy in the organization was Tony Romo to have the prospect of getting Linehan. And so they will be locked at the hip.”  Romo should be ecstatic.  Linehan runs an aggressive, pass-happy offense and has gotten big fantasy seasons out of Stafford, Daunte Culpepper and Marc Bulger.  For more on Romo's fantasy prospects with Linehan, check out our Coaching Changes article.

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Cowboys QB Tony Romo is almost 6 weeks removed from his December 27th back surgery to relieve pressure in a herniated disc.  He's still in the 1st phase of his rehab -- which focuses on building strength and flexibility -- but is making "excellent progress," according to insider David Moore.  Romo is expected to graduate to "low-impact work" within the next couple weeks.  He was originally slapped with a 4-month timetable, which would put him back on the field by May.  It sounds like Romo is on track, but we'll continue to keep a close eye on his progress this offseason.

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10 months ago

Cowboys QB Tony Romo underwent back surgery on Friday morning.  He's been placed on IR and is done for the 2013 season.  It's believed that Romo was dealing with a herniated disc in his back.  NFL Network's Albert Breer hears that the recovery timeline is about 4 months.  That'd put Romo on track to be ready for OTAs.  We'll keep close tabs on his rehab this offseason.  Remember that Romo also underwent back surgery last April to remove a cyst.  He turns 34 this coming April.  QB Kyle Orton will be Dallas' starter against the Eagles this Sunday night -- and in the playoffs if the Cowboys win that one.

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ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Cowboys QB Tony Romo's back is "only slightly improved" after receiving an epidural injection.  He didn't practice or attend the game-plan meeting on Thursday.  It sure looks like Dallas is planning on rolling with QB Kyle Orton in Sunday night's must-win game against the Eagles.  He's capable of keeping the offense afloat, but expect a run-heavy game plan from the Cowboys.

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10 months ago

The Cowboys have signed veteran QB Jon Kitna, a clear sign that QB Tony Romo is no sure thing for Sunday night's clash with the Eagles.  If you've been relying on Romo as your fantasy football QB, don't plan on having him available.  We just hope Dallas makes the decision on him before the earlier games that day.

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ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Cowboys QB Tony Romo received an epidural injection for the herniated disc in his back.  It's confirmation that Romo will at least try to play through the injury.  It reportedly takes 2-3 days to determine the effectiveness of the injection, so Dallas won't have a good read on Romo's status until Thursday or Friday.

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ESPN reports that Cowboys QB Tony Romo will miss the remainder of the 2013 season due to the back injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Redskins.  Chris Mortensen hears that an MRI revealed a herniated disc that will require surgery.  Fox Sports' Jay Glazer confirms that herniated disc but says Romo is "looking at options."  Meanwhile, HC Jason Garrett labeled Romo "day-to-day" in his Monday press conference, adding that the team has not made a determination about his Week 17 status.  We'll continue to track this story leading up to Sunday night's win-or-go-home game against the Eagles.  If Romo can't play -- and we're guessing that will be the case -- QB Kyle Orton would draw the start.  He'd be on the QB2 radar in a plus matchup.

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