The Cowboys have constructed an offensive line that is hellbent on stealing their opponents’ manhood. They also serve as the bodyguards for quarterback Tony Romo. But even so, as Romo engaged in his most extensive practice so far on Sunday in the Blue-White Scrimmage, taking most of the first-team work behind the O-line starting trio of 23-year-old studs, Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin, he is not scheduled to play in Thursday’s preseason opener at San Diego. “We’re talking about it, but most likely I’ll probably sit out the San Diego game and play in Game 2 and go from there,” Romo said after Sunday’s scrimmage.
The Cowboys play the Ravens on Aug. 16 at AT&T Stadium and the “dress rehearsal” preseason game is Aug. 23 at Miami. The Cowboys close the preseason on Aug. 28 against the Denver Broncos. Romo threw touchdown passes to Dez Bryant and Gavin Escobar in the scrimmage as the Cowboys continue to focus on his readiness for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. “I think you saw his command of this offense throughout a lot of that stuff,” coach Jason Garrett said in review of the scrimmage. “He’s looking more and more comfortable and getting better every day.”
Romo has the weapons and he has the bodyguards. Maybe now he simply needs his health.