Romo 'knocked around' in first half

MIAMI -- Tony Romo’s preseason ended Saturday with one half of action against the Miami Dolphins in which he completed 10 of 18 passes for 87 yards. He was also sacked three times and hit once more.

The good news was Romo’s surgically-repaired back appeared to withstand the battering he took.

"It was good to see Tony out there playing,” coach Jason Garrett said at halftime. “He got knocked around a little bit, and that could be good and bad. You want the protection to be clean, but at the same time for him, in his preparation for San Francisco, it's good to have him feel the physical part of the game.”

Romo was sacked more than three times in a game last season just twice. Cameron Wake had two sacks. Olivier Vernon had the first, forcing a fumble that the Cowboys recovered.

The Cowboys’ first-team offense had to settle for two Dan Bailey field goals. After an 11-yard pickup by Cole Beasley moved the ball to the Miami 19 on the Cowboys’ final possession of the half, the Cowboys had an illegal shift penalty and sack that eventually forced Bailey to make a 50-yarder.

"It felt good to get through a half,” Romo said. “We want to put more points on the board, but we hurt ourselves with penalties. The game is always going to be hard if you keep putting yourself behind.”