Tony Romo out of OTAs after surgery to remove back cyst

Missing from the Dallas Cowboys’ team drills during organized team activities over the next three weeks will be one Tony Romo.

The quarterback, the focus of great expectations by owner Jerry Jones, underwent minor surgery last month in which a cyst was removed from his back. He believes that he’ll be ready for minicamp next month and he’s certain he’ll be ready for training camp and the regular-season opener.

“If this was the regular season and I had to play next week, I could,” Romo said (via the Dallas Morning News‘ David Moore). “This is just about being smart. That’s why I did it now. This will have no effect on training camp. No way will it have an impact. And I still think there’s a good chance I’m on the field for mini-camp.”

Tony Romo expects to be ready for training camp and the regular-season opener. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)
Tony Romo expects to be ready for training camp and the regular-season opener. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)

Romo is expected to address the media today, marking his first public comments since becoming the highest-paid player in Cowboys history with a six-year, $108-million contract extension. Getting rid of the expectations that come with that contract might not be as easily dispatched as that cyst, which was removed in an outpatient procedure just before the NFL draft.

“It was a pretty routine afternoon,” Romo said of the procedure. “I was back at the [Cowboys] complex the next day to go through what we would do in the teaching sessions and the throwing sessions this off-season.”

He will throw on the side during OTA’s, but Kyle Orton will take the snaps during team drills.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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Cindy Boren · May 20, 2013