ARLINGTON - Tony Romo did not practice Monday at Valley Ranch. Two days after being sacked three times in Miami, the Dallas Cowboys owner, chief operating officer and head coach all said Romo's absence had nothing to do with his surgically-repaired back.
"No issue with his back at all," Jerry Jones said Monday at AT&T Stadium after announcing the franchise's partnership with Swiss watchmaker Hublot. "As a matter of fact, we all were pleased that he got the kind of test he got, and he is too. There is no issue, after being sacked three times, other than we need everybody to get in there and move in ways where we can keep that from happening."
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said earlier in the day that the plan all along was to give Romo some extra rest to "collect himself" on a day when the team did not practice in pads.
Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said there were no residual effects from Romo playing the entire first half Saturday night.
Romo will not play Thursday in the team's final preseason game, so his next time under center won't come until Sept. 7 when the Cowboys open the season with San Francisco.
Did Stephen cringe when Romo took his most serious hits since having December back surgery.
"You cringe," Stephen said. "I think any owner cringes any time a quarterback gets hit hard, healthy, not healthy, whatever the situation. But that's our game. You keep your fingers crossed and hope they hold up."