Garrett hopes Romo will do more at OTAs

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are hoping Tony Romo will be able to do more once the team begins its organized team activities next week.

Romo has been taking part in a limited part of Phase Two of the offseason program as he continues to recover from back surgery performed last December.

“We’ll see how he does this week and hopefully he can do something,” coach Jason Garrett said Sunday night at the Taste of the NFL event at the Gaylord Texan. “He’s done a little bit of stuff, then he’s kind of backed off, done a little bit more then backed off. So we’ve just got to kind of evaluate how his workouts go this week.”

In Phase Two, players and coaches are on the field but do not have competitive situations against the defense. Romo has been throwing and has said his back feels good.

The Cowboys will begin their OTAs on May 27 and have 10 practices through June 12. They will have their mandatory minicamp on June 17-19.

“Obviously we’d love to get him out there for everything, but we’re going to be smart,” Garrett said. “We recognize it’s the third week of May and what we’re trying to do is get him ready to play in the regular season. You want to be aggressive with it but you also want to be smart with it.”

Romo’s limited work allows more action for Brandon Weeden, Caleb Hanie and rookie Dustin Vaughan. Backup quarterback Kyle Orton has not taken part in the voluntary offseason program, but Garrett said he anticipates the veteran will be on hand for the minicamp. If Orton skips the minicamp, he would be subject to a fine of roughly $70,000.

But Romo’s health is the bigger story for the Cowboys.

“You always kind of have a big plan, then you kind of see how you’re doing along that plan and make the adjustments accordingly,” Garrett said. “We’ll be smart with it, but he’s chomping at the bit to get back. We’ve got to make sure we do the right things.”