Tony Romo ahead of schedule in rehab

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The biggest worry for the Cowboys on the injury front is quarterback Tony Romo.

He underwent back surgery in December, and all indications are that he's ahead of schedule.

"He is ahead of expectations," Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said. "He is ahead of where we expected him to be."

Jones said Romo hasn't started throwing passes yet, but he can make throwing motions. The Cowboys begin their offseason program on April 21, and Romo is expected to participate in some capacity.

Showing his faith in Romo, Jones told reporters that with Romo as Dallas' QB, the team isn't facing a rebuilding year. The starting quarterback, who missed the final game of the 2013 season because of an injured back, has undergone two back procedures in the past year.

Romo had a cyst removed from his back last spring and then had a discectomy (surgery to remove a herniated disc) in December. Romo returned home on the same day of that surgery and visited Valley Ranch two days later for exit interviews.

After another 8-8 finish, the Cowboys seemed to be in rebuilding mode, with a quarterback in his mid-30s who is coming off back surgery.

"You don’t rebuild with Romo,” Jones said. “The firepower we have on offense and where we are with our running backs, and our receivers -- you don’t rebuild with an offense that’s got the capability we’ve got. We didn’t bring [Scott] Linehan in here to rebuild.”