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Tony Romo (back) expects to see action in the preseason.

Romo has declared himself 100 percent, but the Cowboys still have him on a maintenance schedule during camp. It's merely precautionary. We're not expecting Romo's back to be an issue as he tries to mask the defense's impending misery.

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Tony Romo (back surgery) is expected to be a full participant as training camp opens.

Romo has sustained no setbacks as he comes off a December procedure designed to relieve pressure on a herniated disc. "He has had no issues," coach Jason Garrett said. "No obstacles holding him back." Romo is getting ready for what could be his best statistical season under the guidance of passing-game guru Scott Linehan.

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Tony Romo (back surgery) believes he's "miles ahead" of where he was this time last year, where he was also recovering from a back operation.

"I think last year I was just starting around this point, so this year I've had whatever months to kind of get myself into feeling like I can go," Romo said. The situations aren't really comparable, as Romo's 2013 operation occurred in May, and was far less serious. Either way, it's another indication he'll be ready to rock for training camp.

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Tony Romo (back surgery) expects to be cleared for full participation from Day 1 of training camp.

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Tony Romo (back surgery) said he'll be 100 percent for the start of training camp and could play in a game right now.

I'm to a point where I can push it and kind of go, and I feel like at this point I could play in a game if I had to," Romo said. Romo participated in OTAs during individual drills but didn't do any team drills from under center. With the Cowboys employing new passing-game coordinator Scott Linehan's spread attack and a bottom-barrel defense, Romo has an excellent shot to top 5,000 yards.

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The Cowboys will let Tony Romo (back surgeries) take a third of the offensive reps at Organized Team Activities.

It's actually more than we expected. Romo is 34 and has undergone two back surgeries in as many offseasons, so it wouldn't have been shocking for the Cowboys to sideline him for all of OTAs. Instead, they're putting him on a "pitch count" as new pass-game coordinator Scott Linehan installs a revised offense. Romo is actually doing more in 2014 OTAs than he did during 2013 OTAs.

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Tony Romo (back surgery) will be on a "pitch count" during next week's OTAs.

Romo, 34, is the final stages of his rehab off a discectomy. He's going to be a limited participant during OTAs, which will actually be more than he did last year when he was coming off a procedure to remove a cyst in his back. Ultimately, these back issues are more of a long-term concern than immediate issue. With pass-happy Scott Linehan calling the shots and a bottom-barrel defense, Romo has an excellent shot at topping his career-high of 4,903 passing yards set in 2012.

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Owner Jerry Jones insisted Johnny Manziel was "never really a consideration" for the Cowboys at the No. 16 overall pick.

It's believed Dallas debated taking Manziel because he was their highest-rated player, but they opted for G/T Zack Martin, and have lost no faith in Tony Romo. "There's no way any quarterback comes in here and beats out Tony Romo," Jones said. "As you well know in here, Romo -- by contract as well as by commitment -- is going to be the quarterback for the Cowboys for several years to come."

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Tony Romo (back surgery) was throwing during Tuesday's minicamp workouts.

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Cowboys coach Jason Garrett believes Tony Romo is still in the prime of his career, and that his arm is "better than ever."

"He hasn't lost any mobility, ability to get away from people," Garrett said of his 34-year-old quarterback, who is recovering from his second back operation. "We feel like Tony Romo has a lot of years of great football left in him." Due $13.5 million between salary and bonuses this season, Romo is signed through 2019, but has only $7.5 million in fully guaranteed money remaining beyond 2014.