Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo hopes to return to the field in time for mini-camp in June, after he had a minor surgery to remove a cyst from his back before the 2013 NFL Draft. Romo has been ruled out for the next three weeks of organized team activities as he recovers from the procedure.
Romo spoke to David Moore of The Dallas Morning News and said that there is zero doubt that he'll be 100 percent in time for training camp in July.
"If this was the regular season and I had to play next week, I could,'' Romo said Monday night on the eve of the Cowboys first OTA of the off-season. "This is just about being smart."
Teams are typically especially cautious with injured players during offseason workout programs and the Cowboys will likely be especially careful with Romo after giving him a six-year, $108 million contract extension in March. The deal made Romo the highest-paid player in franchise history.
While Romo downplayed the seriousness of the procedure, KD Drummond of Blogging the Boys discussed the type of impact that the quarterback's absence could have, even if it doesn't threaten his participation in training camp:
What kind of impact does this have on the football field? It certainly won't help. Romo is an integral part to the way that Dallas functions as an offense. The next three-four weeks are the most important stretch of learning that the team will undergo, and they'll be doing so without their leader. Kyle Orton will now be the number one quarterback in these exercises, and the domino effect is that players like Nick Stephens will be the signal caller when the backups take the field. The backups simply aren't going to have the same pedigree of professional player to work with.
Romo clarified to Moore that no incident in particular led to the injury and that nothing about the cyst prohibited his play much. Instead it was a "nagging" problem that was convenient to take care of earlier in the offseason rather than later.
"It was not much of anything,'' Romo said. "I just went in and had them look at it. It was more of an ache than anything. I just thought, ‘well, it's something I'd rather not feel.'"
A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Romo finished the 2012 season with a career-best 4,903 yards passing with 28 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. He was one of 10 quarterbacks to finish the season with a passer rating above 90.