Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) walks off the field after defeating the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Romo expected to take a third of reps at OTAs

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Dallas Cowboys star quarterback Tony Romo will see his workload reduced this offseason in an effort to curtail any injury risks, as his serious back injury last season has the Cowboys more cautious when it comes to the handling of the man who is easily their most important player. Any significant injury to Romo would be catastrophic, and last year’s back injury effectively caused the Cowboys to miss the playoffs.

Anyway, Romo is out there today at OTAs throwing the ball around a bit and reportedly handing it off even more. ESPN’s Ed Werder reported earlier today that the Cowboys will likely give Romo one-third of the overall offensive snaps during OTAs, as they want to take a conservative approach to managing his injury after he had surgery done on his back. This snap count was always to be expected, but Romo reportedly looks good out there. The back issue shouldn’t rear its head next season, and Romo’s back will definitely benefit from the strong blocking he should get next season, as the Cowboys added another talented piece in first-round pick Zack Martin. He, of course, will start at right guard next season, and he’s already getting first-team reps at RG right-off-the-bat (nobody would have expected any less).

Romo’s one-third snap count at OTAs might even be a bit generous for some, and I think Brandon Weeden could use the majority of the team’s offseason snaps as the reclamation project before handing over more snaps to Romo in training camp in an effort to get even more reps done with wide receivers (especially intriguing rookie Devin Street).

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