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May 21, 2014

Five more years: Romo says his back will hold up, he will return better than ever, play five more years

Dallas Cowboys quarterbak Tony Romo says don't worry about next season with him.

In fact, don't worry about the next five.

And what's more Romo, 34, said he will return from his second back surgery in as many off seasons not only as good as before but better than before.

“There’s no question in my mind, not only am I going to be able to make it through 16 games, I’ll make it through another five years,” Romo said Wednesday in a radio interview in on KRLD 105.3 The Fan.

Romo added "I'm going to come back a better player than I've ever been." 

It was the most extensive Romo has given about his rehab from back surgery in December, and he used the occasion to offer confidence about his recovery.

He said he has been throwing, running and lifting weights and hopes to be 100 percent in another month.

“Backs eventually just continue to get better and better and better, and all of a sudden you’re 100 percent,” he said. “We’re coming up on that pretty soon. Within the next month, there’s no question we’ll be 100 percent. Hopefully it’s in the next week or two, which is a viable and serious time that it could happen in.

“It could be another two or three weeks. We’ll see. We’ll be smart, but at the same time, we got to get to work.”

Romo also took time to address a few more things about the Cowboys.

* On new playcaller and passing game coordinator Scott Linehan: "I think he's very good. When you look at the tape from Detroit you got to enjoy some of the things they did."

* He said he approved the team's decision to build the offensive and defensive lines in the draft and free agency and because of that the next few years will be the Cowboys' best teams.

* He said defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford would be the breakout player to watch. 

And admitted watching the 2014 NFL Draft and all the drama surrounding quarterback Johnny Manziel possibly being drafted by the Cowboys. He said it was never a concern for him because he had inside info on the Cowboys' draft plans.

-- Carlos Mendez

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--Clarence Hill

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