Tony Romo injury: Cowboys QB won't play in Hall of Fame Game

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Dallas is looking to rest its star quarterback in its first exhibition game.

Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett announced the team probably won't allow quarterback Tony Romo to play in the Hall of Fame Game on August 4 against the Miami Dolphins, according to NFL.com.

"It's one of those deals where I suppose he could play five plays or whatever, but we might lean to no plays," Garrett told KRLD-FM. "But the clock starts on our '1's' in Week 2 of the preseason. So (Week 1 is) not going to be Tony's game."

Romo had offseason surgery to remove a cyst from his back in April, perhaps part of the reason Garrett wants Romo to ease into the season. Another reason could simply be it's the preseason, so why take unnecessary chances?

With the Hall of Fame Game on the schedule, the Cowboys have the fun of playing five exhibition games, so even if Romo sits out, he'll still be able to take on the normal amount of four preseason affairs.

Should Romo sit out, he will have another crack to play on Aug. 9 versus the Oakland Raiders.

Last year, Romo threw for a career-high 4,903 yards with 28 touchdowns against 19 interceptions. Dallas finished 8-8, missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season.

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