Dez doesn't need practice reps with Romo

OXNARD, Calif. -- Receiver Dez Bryant needs his quarterback to be as healthy as possible for the regular season.

He doesn't need a lot of practice reps with Tony Romo.

It doesn’t bother Bryant a bit that Romo has missed two of the Cowboys’ five practices so far during training camp. The Cowboys say that Romo is fully recovered from his December surgery to repair a herniated disk in his back, but they are proceeding with caution.

As they enter their fifth season together, Bryant believes he’s developed a rapport with Romo that doesn’t require a lot of practice reps to maintain.

“That’s exactly how we feel,” said Bryant, who caught 93 passes for 1,233 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. “It’s mutual. We know each other like the back of our hand, so whenever he gets in, I know what’s up. We’re ready to roll.”

Bryant has been encouraged by what he’s seen during camp from Romo, who didn’t participate in any competitive drills during offseason workouts. The Romo-Bryant connection has been effective and explosive in limited action, highlighted by a handful of big plays downfield.

“He looks good. He looks real good,” Bryant said. “It’s Romo. What the coaches are doing, what the organization is doing, that’s exactly what they need to do. We don’t need him right now. We don’t.”