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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.

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.

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.

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.

3 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.

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.

4 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.

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.

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.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones revealed after Sunday's game that QB Tony Romo dealt with a back issue in practice all week.  He aggravated it in the win over the Redskins but didn't miss any time.  Jones added that Romo will play against the Eagles in Week 17.  He finished Sunday's game with 226 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT

Rain and wind will be a factor in today's Cowboys-Redskins game.  The chance of rain will increase throughout the afternoon, climbing up to 50% by 3 pm local time.  Winds of 13-17 mph are expected.  Those aren't ideal conditions for the passing games.  QBs Kirk Cousins and Tony Romo remain risk/reward fantasy starters.  RBs DeMarco Murray and Alfred Morris are both must-starts.

Cowboys QB Tony Romo did nothing to silence his critics on Sunday.  He was a big reason the Cowboys blew a 23-point halftime lead to the Packers. Romo threw 2 key 4th-quarter INTs -- and had another questionably overturned by replay.  Romo's 1st pick came when he audibled out of a run play and threw behind WR Miles Austin.  The 2nd was a result of a miscommunication with WR Cole Beasley.  The INTs were Romo's 6th and 7th in the 4th quarter or overtime with Dallas tied or leading by 1 possession since 2006.  No other QB has thrown more than 4 of those over the same time span.  Now, fantasy owners were fine with Romo's Week 15 showing.  He finished with 358 yards, 2 TDs and those 2 INTs.  We'll have to see how Romo and the Cowboys bounce back from the choke job.  A Week 16 meeting with Washington's leaky defense should help.

7 months ago

Cowboys QB Tony Romo suffered bruised ribs in the opener and took a pain-killing injection prior to his Week 2 game.  While Romo will likely get another shot before this Sunday's game against the Rams, he says the ribs are feeling better.  “It does feel better now than it did last week," Romo said. "It’ll just keep getting better and better this week.”  While beat writer David Moore notes that Romo's "accuracy declined noticeably in the fourth quarter" of last week's game, he still finished 30 of 42 (71%) for 298 yards with 1 TD and 0 INTs.  The ribs shouldn't be an issue for this weekend's game.  Romo is a solid QB1.

7 months ago

Cowboys QB Tony Romo (ribs) is active for today's game against the Chiefs.  He figures to be playing through some pain and has a tough matchup.  That has him as a low-end starting option for Week 2.

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