Tony Romo works through illness

OXNARD, Calif. -- While Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was telling everyone within earshot that Tony Romo would likely miss practice with a stomach virus, the quarterback was spotted trudging toward the practice field with his helmet on. He informed the Beast what he'd been dealing with the past 24 hours, but I'll spare you the details since my West Coast audience is still eating breakfast.

No one would've blamed Romo for staying in his room at the Residence Inn, but he thought it was important to join his teammates.

"You’re going to have to play sick sometimes," Romo told a couple of us after practice. "It’s the same when it’s raining. You’re going to have to play when it’s raining. It’s not really that big of a deal. If you’re going to be out here, you might as well do it."

When another reporter informed Romo that I'd been criticizing the Cowboys' red zone offense in the preseason, he offered a quick response.

"I think you guys are going to enjoy our red zone stuff this year," said Romo. "There's some stuff we're excited about."

Romo said the offense wants to score in the red zone during the preseason, but he indicated that the Cowboys are saving their most creative tactics for the regular season.