Tony Romo ready for season

IRVING, Texas – How much Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo plays Saturday against the Miami Dolphins has not been finalized, but Romo feels like he is ready for the regular season.

Romo saw 16 snaps of action last week against the Baltimore Ravens in his first action since undergoing back surgery in December, completing 4-of-5 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown. Typically the Cowboys’ starters do not play in the final preseason game, which means this will be Romo’s final action before the Sept. 7 opener against the San Francisco 49ers.

“You play through a lot of stuff when you’re playing,” Romo said. “Obviously right after the surgery it would’ve been a different story but at this point, yeah there’s no question you’d be playing a football game. I mean I don’t know that you would go to play in the preseason if you didn’t think you could play football. I mean, it’s football.”

Romo returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out Wednesday as he continued a conservative practice plan through his recovery from surgery.

“This feels like I’ve got a ton of time compared to last year,” Romo said. “Last year really, sitting out the entire offseason [following his first back surgery], that part of it, I’ve been a part of a lot more even though it might not seem like it to you guys.”

Romo went through parts of individual drills on Thursday for the first time this summer. Coach Jason Garrett said Romo’s fundamentals have not been an issue.

“I think you’re always doing that with guys, and you do those every day drills for a reason -- to make sure everybody at every position is handling the fundamentals of the game the right way,” Garrett said. “Tony is no different than anybody else, and like with anybody coming back off of an injury, you want to make sure you’re doing stuff that’s not going to hurt them.

"He’ll work his way back into getting the full complement as we go, but there are plenty of ways to evaluate that. I think he’s done a really good job technically and fundamentally. His footwork and his ball carriage and getting the ball out have all been really good.”