Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said Wednesday there will be "no announcement," but Tony Romo is in the process of getting teammates organized for on-field sessions. Those workouts, which can't include coaches because of the lockout, are expected to begin next month.
Romo's leadership has been questioned by critics, especially after Jon Kitna took over the team last season in Romo's absence. But Witten defended his quarterback. Witten said Romo, who missed the final 10 games of last season with a broken clavicle, is the team's unquestioned leader and is showing it by taking charge of the workouts in absence of practices organized by the team.
"The season can’t get here fast enough for us,” Witten said. “Coming off that losing season, we all learned a lot. With Tony, he’s really being a leader and taking this opportunity to leave his stamp on our team. He learned a lot being injured that way, and seeing us have the season we did.”
Witten got excited when he saw the Cowboys’ schedule Tuesday. He doesn’t expect the lockout to affect the regular season.
“I hope not,” said Witten, one of the team’s player representatives. “I think everybody feels confident in that. We just have to stay informed and stay ready.”
The Cowboys close out the exhibition season with consecutive road games. They begin the regular season in New York, facing the Jets, on the 10th anniversary of 9-11 before traveling to San Francisco. Their home opener is Sept. 26.
"Man, it doesn't start out too easy, going to New York and then cross country to San Francisco," Witten said. "I always get excited when you see that schedule. It kind of kicks off that football mentality. It's a tough one for sure. But that opening day, playing in New York 10 years after 9-11, will be special. I'm just excited to get started."
-- Charean Williams