Romo cleared to participate in Cowboys’ OTAs

Tony Romo underwent season-ending back surgery in December before the final regular-season game.

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IRVING, Texas – Tony Romo celebrates his 34th birthday today and his gift from the football gods? He is cleared to participate in Monday’s start of voluntary offseason activities with the rest of his Dallas Cowboys teammates.

The Cowboys quarterback underwent season-ending back surgery in December before the final regular-season game. The team expected Romo to spend about three months in recovery and rehab, a process that continues during the next two weeks of OTAs with a focus on strength and conditioning.  

The CBA prohibits coaches from bring involved in this portion of the OTAs and Romo’s actual on-field activities are likely to be very limited. But today marks an important beginning of a process for Romo, who has undergone back surgeries in each if his last two offseasons.