Tony Romo to sit out Cowboys practice

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will not practice on Saturday as he continues to work through a limited portion of practices early in training camp.

With the afternoon practice focusing on short-yardage and goal-line situations, coach Jason Garrett said it was a way to steal a day of rest for Romo’s surgically repaired back, even coming back from an off day.

“We thought it was a good idea to have him off today, and hopefully he’ll be ready to go tomorrow for the Blue-White Scrimmage,” Garrett said Saturday.

The scrimmage will feature younger players later in the session, with the veterans going through situational work. The Cowboys will practice Sunday through Tuesday before traveling to San Diego on Wednesday for their preseason opener against the Chargers the next day.

Last week Romo said he was unsure if he would play against the Chargers. He did not play in last year’s Hall of Fame Game coming off his first back surgery.

Romo and the Cowboys have consistently said the quarterback is 100 percent, but they want to be careful to not overwork him in camp and put him in jeopardy for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

Romo has taken part in four of the first five padded practices of training camp and five of the first seven sessions overall.