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Tony Romo “miles ahead” of last year

Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo looks for an opening to pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)


For Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, rehabbing from back surgery has become a familiar process.

He had to do it in 2013, when he missed all of OTAs and minicamp while making his way back from a late-spring operation, and he’s had to do it again this year after the injury that forced him to miss Week 17 last season. Romo was able to do some limited work in the offseason program this year, which has left him well ahead of where he was the first time around.

“Miles ahead of last year,” Romo said, via the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t think they’re comparable. I think last year I was just starting around this point so this year I’ve had whatever months to kind of get myself into feeling like I can go. Now it’s going to be more perfecting as opposed to just trying to hammer everything out in four weeks, three weeks.”

The operations were very different, but the key for the Cowboys is that Romo will be ready to go in time for the regular season. With the defense trying to find itself, they’ll be leaning heavily on the quarterback and they’ll need him as healthy as possible to have a chance to go into Week 17 with at least a chance at a playoff spot again this season.