Tony Romo likely to sit preseason opener

OXNARD, Calif. -- A final decision has not been made, but do not look for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo to play in Thursday’s preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers.

“We’re talking about it, but most likely I’ll probably sit out the San Diego game and play in Game 2 and go from there,” Romo said after Sunday’s practice.

The Cowboys play the Baltimore Ravens on Aug. 16 at AT&T Stadium and the dress rehearsal preseason game is Aug. 23 at the Miami Dolphins. The Cowboys close the preseason on Aug. 28 against the Denver Broncos and the starters will not play.

Romo had his most expansive practice so far, throwing a camp-high 25 passes in team and seven-on-seven drills after not practicing on Saturday. So far Romo has practiced two days in a row and skipped the next day as he continues to build and maintain strength in his surgically repaired back.

The Cowboys have two more practices before traveling to San Diego on Wednesday morning. They will be off on Friday.

"I’ll probably practice tomorrow and sit out Tuesday if we keep going with the schedule we’ve been doing,” Romo said. “Maybe sit tomorrow and come back Tuesday but we’ll see what they say.”

Romo completed 17 of 25 passes in his drills on Saturday, throwing two touchdown passes to Dez Bryant and Gavin Escobar in situational work. The first-team offense ran 31 plays. The most passes Romo had thrown in his first four padded practices were 18.

Romo and the Cowboys have consistently said he is 100 percent even though he has sat out of two practices after days off. They have a long-term plan with the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers in mind.

“I feel good,” Romo said. “Like I said before, I feel good but you’ve got to go do it and feel how it is and you adjust and all that stuff.”

Coach Jason Garrett liked what he saw in Romo.

“I think you saw his command of this offense throughout a lot of that stuff,” Romo said. “I thought his decision making, for the most part, was pretty good. He had one bad decision at the end of one of the series, but for the most part I think he’s looking more and more comfortable and getting better every day.”