Jerry Jones on Romo: 'Tony threw it well'

OXNARD, Calif. – Tony Romo ’s first full-pads practice of Dallas Cowboys training camp came off without a hitch Saturday.

It was Romo’s first extended action since undergoing back surgery last December after he was kept out of competitive drills in the spring. Romo did not take part in Friday’s afternoon workout in which the offense did not go against the defense so he could gear up for his first 11-on-11 action.

“I thought Tony threw it well,” owner and general manager Jerry Jones said after the practice.

To start the practice, Romo went through his normal limited work in noncompetitive drills. He did not go through individual drills. He threw five passes in one-on-one drills between wide receivers and cornerbacks, throwing only to Dez Bryant and Terrance Williams.

His first live action (or as close to it as it can be in a training camp session) came when he took snaps from center in running drills. He completed 7-of-8 passes in seven-on-seven drills and went 2-of-4 in team drills.

“We’ve got to make sure that he’s throwing to Dez and Terrance and really getting good, quality work,” coach Jason Garrett said, “and the other guys are getting the chance to throw to the other guys in the drills.”

Romo is in control of how much or how little he works in camp. He has said his back is fine, but if there are days that it does not feel quite right, he will limit how much he does.

“I’m glad he’s mature enough, experienced enough – and he should be – to understand his body enough to make those kinds of decisions,” Jones said.

Romo did not speak to reporters after practice.

“We obviously aren’t going to take risk on getting him hit out there, but this is a different thing,” Jones said. “He’s got to let himself and let us know how he’s torqueing, what he’s doing so he can not only give it every chance to do anything more than it needs to do mending-wise, but also just not overdo it. We need to have him ready to go against San Francisco.”