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Holding Back; Tony Romo limited, but ready to play

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Tony Romo might not be taking reps with the Cowboys’ first-team offense this offseason, but it’s not for lack of trying.

That much was evident on the first day of minicamp, when Romo resorted to some sneaky tactics to try to get in on some seven-on-seven drills. Normally sidelined for what Cowboys coach Jason Garrett calls the “competitive” portions of team practice, Romo switched jerseys with third-string quarterback Caleb Hanie in an effort to get into the action.

That plan was foiled quickly, however, as Garrett noticed the switch and pulled Romo before he could take the snap.

“I don’t think he knew at first,” Romo said of Garrett. “And then he was like ‘No. Nope. Tony, get out of there.’ I almost snuck in. I was getting up to the line of scrimmage and almost got in. I feel pretty good, I can go. I was going to take some seven-on-seven reps, but I don’t know how much that really helps.”

Garrett said he didn’t realized what happened until Romo broke the huddle and he didn’t realize the quarterback didn’t look like Hanie.

“It was pretty obvious the jersey was a little snug on him. That’s when I looked at it and said, ‘Get him out of the huddle,’” Garrett said. “He’s a competitive guy, he wants to play, he wants to be out there. We had the conversation every morning about how many reps he’s going to get and the answer is the same: We’re going to get through this minicamp.”

It seems the expectation is that Romo will be fully available and ready for Day 1 of training camp. Garrett said he plans to take it day-by-day, but he added the team is “confident and optimistic” Romo will be available when the Cowboys report to Oxnard, California, for training camp.
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