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Cowboys expect Romo healthy for OTAs

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IRVING, Texas -- For those keeping tabs on America's least liked team, according to a survey by Public Policy Polling, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo should be recovered from back surgery and ready to go when the team begins began OTAs in May, according to team owner Jerry Jones.

"He got the kind of immediate relief that you would want him to get," Jones said. "And as I've said, the nature of his injury and the nature of what it took to repair it, if you will, was not dramatic. It was not something that would give you concern on a going forward basis, so all thumbs are up on Tony."

Romo missed the final game of the 2013 season because of back surgery to repair a herniated disk. It was his second back surgery in eight months as he had a procedure to remove a cyst from his back last April, causing him to miss in the entire offseason program.

The Cowboys are optimistic that he will be as good as new and it won't be a debilitating injury to starts the decline of his career, though Romo will be 34 in April.

"We feel really good about the procedure he went through, and we feel really good about the rehabilitation program that he's going to be on," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We feel like there's a great history of players coming back from this kind of a surgery. So Tony's going to work very hard at it. It's really important to him to come back and be better than ever, and he'll start that process - he's really started that process already."

Said tight end Jason Witten: "Obviously, it's been a tough eight months for him physically But I feel confident in him. I know what he's made of. I know how he works, I know how he competes, I know how he trains. He'll bounce back and be even better next year. He'll use this time to evaluate and get healthy and provide perspective and be a better quarterback because of it. I'm confident he'll come back. I know what he's made of. I've seen it for a long time, how he goes about it, and he'll bounce back and be better than he's ever been. I believe that to the bottom of my heart."

As for the Cowboys' popularity, Public Policy Polling reported that 23 percent of voters picked Dallas when asked to name their least favorite team. The Chicago Bears were a distant second with a response of only 13 percent.
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