Recovering Tony Romo is throwing passes

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is still recovering from minor back surgery, but things are going well and he's started throwing passes.

Romo threw passes during the walk-through sessions prior to the start of the just-completed organized team activities and on Tuesday, before the start of the mandatory veteran minicamp.

"It’s a progression that takes shape, and I'm to the point where I feel pretty good about it," Romo said. "If we had anything next week, I'm sure we would be going full, but obviously we don’t. But I’ll be doing that on my own in some other areas."

Romo had a cyst removed in April. He said the cyst wasn't cancerous, and he didn't know its size; team officials described it as minor. The recovery time was supposed to be three weeks, but it's taking longer.

"He has made a lot of progress, but like with a lot of the guys, we are erring on the side of caution," coach Jason Garrett said. "He has been involved in the meetings and on the field, he just hasn’t gotten the physical reps. He is working on the side and making progress in rehabbing that back. He feels good. He has certainly taken a lot of reps in this offense and at this level, so he is staying in it mentally and will catch up physically."

Romo hasn't thrown passes in front of reporters during the offseason. He has watched practice or done rehab work in the weight room. He said he hasn't had any setbacks from a physical standpoint.

"I think, more than anything, I feel ready to go," Romo said. "I was running; we're pushing on the treadmill good last week and I was pretty amped up, ready to go. I think as a player you're always just trying to push through, but at this time of year, it's intelligent to be patient with it. Anytime you go through something like that and be smart and make sure you don't do anything dumb."