Garrett: Romo 'OK' but got day off

IRVING, Texas -- The absence of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo from Monday’s practice is not cause for alarm, according to coach Jason Garrett.

“The idea was to give him the opportunity, in a light practice, to collect himself and take the day off,” Garrett said.

The day off wasn’t necessarily due to the pounding Romo took in Saturday night’s preseason game against the Miami Dolphins. He was sacked three times and hit another time in his half of work during the loss, the first times that Romo has really been hit since undergoing back surgery in December to repair a herniated disk.

After the game and a session in the cold tub, Romo said he felt good. Garrett said Romo seemed no worse for the wear two days later.

“I think he’s doing OK,” Garrett said. “He seemed to hold up fairly well throughout that ballgame.”

Romo will have a few more days off after Tuesday’s practice, so he should be well-rested entering the first week of the regular season.