Cowboys to monitor Tony Romo's throws

OXNARD, Calif. -- Tony Romo will be full go for the Cowboys’ first training camp practice on Sunday, but the quarterback will have his number of throws monitored.

Romo did not take any snaps in the organized team activities and minicamp because of surgery to remove a cyst from his back in April and has only been throwing for the past month or so. The Cowboys do not want Romo to open up practice throwing too much for fear of tiring his arm.

“You watch all your quarterbacks, particularly guys who don’t have that backlog of work coming into training camp,” coach Jason Garrett said.

But Garrett said there would not be a pitch count on Romo.

“It’s more communication: ‘How ya feeling?’ and you also look at the ball,” Garrett said. “Does the ball look a little dead or tired? But mostly, it’s communication with him and how he’s feeling. We’ll all get a sense of that, and we’ll communicate about that each and every day and come up with our plan.”

Romo was in Southern California before the Cowboys arrived on Friday. Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Romo had been “running mountains,” to work on his conditioning.

“One of the challenges for Tony when you have a back injury is it’s hard for you to actually stay in the shape you want to be in,” Garrett said. “Really proud of how he’s worked since he’s been running and doing all the things he needs to do. He looks great. He looks lean to me.”