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Tony Romo returns as Cowboys exhale

Tony Romo stretched before his first preseason appearance. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images)

Tony Romo was in full Romo mode as he made his first appearance in a game since having back surgery last December.

There was good Romo and a glimpse of oh-no Romo in the Dallas Cowboys’ 37-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. For the most part, though, reviews were positive as he completed 4-of-5 passes for 80 yards and a touchdown. (The sole incompletion was a dropped pass by tight end James Hanna.) More importantly, he seemed to move well, stepping inside when protection broke down and hitting Dez Bryant for a 22-yard gain.

“He looked good,” Bryant said (via “His mind was right, he was poised and went out there, knew what he wanted to do, and did it. He wanted to show the world he is ‘9’ and he’s a baller.”

He was also a participant in a botched exchange with DeMarco Murray. The ball fell to the ground and was picked up by Courtney Upshaw, which prompted Romo to attempt a tackle. He slid off, though, and Upshaw was off for a TD.

All things considered, though, his 16 snaps (two nullified) were deemed a success.

“I thought he looked comfortable,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “I thought he looked like himself and moved around in the pocket. He made some good throws that looked like he saw the field well. He felt the pocket really well and looked comfortable moving the team.”

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 · August 17, 2014