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July 20, 2013

Romo will be on an informal 'pitch count' for his throws in training camp

The Cowboys will keep an eye on how much quarterback Tony Romo throws in training camp, although they won’t have a “pitch count” for him.

“It’s more communication – ‘How you feeling?’ – and also, you look at the ball,” head coach Jason Garrett said Saturday in Oxnard, Calif., where the Cowboys are getting ready for their first practice on Sunday. “Does the ball look a little dead or tired? But mostly, it’s communication with him and how he’s feeling. We’ll all get a sense for that.”

Romo had a cyst removed from his back in April, so he did not participate in the OTAs or mini-camp. Reporters saw him throw only on the last day of the offseason practices, but the Cowboys said he was throwing some in his own workouts.

“One of the challenges for Tony, when you have a back injury, is it’s hard for you to actually to stay in the kind of shape you want to be in,” Garrett said. “Really proud of how he’s worked since he’s been able to get back and running and doing the things he needs to do. He looks great. He looks lean to me. We do have to monitor his throwing. I don’t think it’ll be significant.

-- Carlos Mendez

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