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Tony Romo underwent surgery on back cyst, will miss OTAs

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Tony Romo should be ready to play by training camp. (AP)
Tony Romo should be ready to play by training camp. (AP)

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss OTAs after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst on his back, according to various reports. He's still expected to return in time for training camp, and the surgery was characterized as “minor.”

“If this was the regular season and I had to play next week, I could," Romo told the Dallas Morning News on Monday night. “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.”

Romo, one of the most-scrutinized quarterbacks in the entire league, will face even more examination this year after signing a $108 million contract extension in March and with the front office publicly stating that Romo can lead the Cowboys to a championship.

Romo, who's expected to miss at least three weeks, said his back had been nagging him this offseason. The team website writes that Romo hasn't been participating in offseason throwing sessions with the team, and he hasn't played golf like usual.

“It was something I felt like was nagging me just enough,” Romo told the Morning News. “I wanted to make sure to get it done now. I wanted to take care of it earlier rather than later …

“It was not much of anything. 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.'”

For this week's OTAs, it's expected that backup Kyle Orton will lead the first team offense.

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