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Tony Romo on track to start camp

IRVING, Texas -- Tony Romo didn't do much throwing or running during the Cowboys' first day of organized team activities on Tuesday, but one thing is becoming clear: The starting quarterback is on track to begin training camp in late July on time.

Romo, who underwent back surgery last December, said he's thrown with full velocity for nearly a month and half and that he's feeling good.

"You start off with a certain number of throws you're going to do," Romo said. "A certain number of reps, and then you take it a little bit more and a little bit more and you make sure your body keeps getting comfortable. Been going with that progression here for a while so it's been good."

Tuesday was a bad day at Valley Ranch with starting middle linebacker Sean Lee going down with a left knee injury while getting blocked during a screen pass.

Yet, Romo's recovery from back surgery to repair a bulging disc, and the fact he's throwing passes, is the best news the Cowboys can take right now.

Romo said he's spoken with other players who have had a similar surgery and they've been able to come back to play. Romo mentioned Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Joe Montana have come back from similar back surgeries.

"You obviously don't want to ever have a surgery during the course of your career," Romo said. "I know Aikman had it when he was younger. Montana had it when he was in the middle of his career. You've just got to do things a little different when you come back. Your back and the way that you lift and the way that you attack your offseason program, and in season, got to be different. Saying that, you just have to work some muscles and things that you may not have concentrated on as much before. Now you have to attack those."

Romo, 34, said he's been told his back injury shouldn't have any long-term effect on his career and that it's not a degenerative injury.

"Some people do," Romo said. "They have a degenerative disc or discs and they have stuff like that, that was not my case. My (injury) was a (one)-time thing, and you fix it and you got to work at it and do those things that happen around that area to straighten the areas around it and you go to rehab and get better and you got to attack it. And it's just been way too many cases of people who have come back and played for a long period of time, to think that you can never come back from a surgery in the NFL."