How it was kept a secret this long we’ll never know, but Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had surgery in April to remove a cyst from his back. Even though it’s been almost a full month since the operation, Romo will miss all of the team’s OTAs and possibly the Cowboys’ veteran minicamp in mid June.
Jerry Jones must feel pretty slick since we didn’t find out about it until now and there was a reason he wanted to keep it a secret: he’s already taken a ton of flak for giving Romo a six-year, $108 million extension and he knew he’d take more after this. Romo hasn’t exactly been injury-prone in his career, but he’s suffered broken fingers, bruised hands, cracked ribs, punctured lungs and back soreness in the past half-decade, so a surgery that’s related to one of those at age 33 isn’t exactly comforting to Dallas fans.
In addition, the last thing the Cowboys need is for Romo to miss time with his new young receivers and even those who have been around for a few years. Jones and Jason Garrett have moronically compared Romo’s new “increased role” to that of Peyton Manning, yet Manning has been working with new Denver Broncos receiver Wes Welker for almost two months already. Romo might be out until training camp, which means Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams won’t get to work with their new signal-caller until late July. That ain’t good.
The Cowboys need all the preparation they can get and Romo being sidelined will set the team back quite a ways. No wonder Dallas pushed so hard to get to play in the Hall of Fame Game this year — Jones knew Romo would be out and he knew the media would verbally crucify him after the whole contract episode. Romo being out is the last thing the Cowboys need, but is anyone really surprised with this latest bit of news? Didn’t think so.