IRVING, Texas -- For the first time since 2012, Tony Romo's offseason does not revolve around rehab from back surgery.
In 2013, Romo had a cyst removed from his back that kept him out of the offseason program, organized team activities and minicamp. In 2014, Romo recovered from surgery for a herniated disc that kept him out of the 2013 regular-season finale and did not take a snap until training camp began.
“This is the first offseason where I’ve been able to kind of get after it this early and be able to kind of improve in a lot of different areas that I think you aren’t able to until you get healthy enough to attack it,” Romo said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday. “I’m just excited about that, really.”
Romo has been among a large group of players that started working out at Valley Ranch two weeks ago before the formal offseason program starts on April 20. He is still wearing a splint on a finger on his left hand due to torn tendons suffered in the playoffs.
While maintaining strength in his back and core will always be a part of Romo’s routine for the rest of his career, he can focus on other areas of his body.
“Now I’m able to do that while actually doing functional strength training through different versions of squats,” Romo said. “I’m not putting anything on my back and doing stuff like that but you are doing a lot of single-leg stuff and different things that I started getting into during the season that helped a lot. Now it’s nice to be able to do that in the offseason.”