Cowboys put Romo on pitch count

The Dallas Cowboys will keep an informal “pitch count” on quarterback Tony Romo’s throws in training, head coach Jason Garrett said.

Romo did not participate in any offseason work after having surgery in April to remove a cyst on his back. Romo, who has been working out on his own to stay in shape, was cleared to return to practise at the start of training camp. However, Garrett said the Cowboys will make sure he doesn’t do too much, too soon.

“I don’t think it will be significant,” Garrett said Saturday in Oxnard, California. “He’s been throwing regularly for the last month or so. He feels good, but we’ll certainly watch that when camp starts and just make sure he’s getting the right pitch count as we go.”

Romo guided the Cowboys to an 8-8 record in 2012, their third consecutive year without a playoff appearance. Nevertheless, Dallas signed Romo to a six-year extension worth $108 million, with $55 million guaranteed.

With that financial commitment in mind, Garrett intends to monitor Romo’s throws closely.

“It’s more communication, ‘How you feeling?’ And you also look at the ball,” he said. “Did 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. We’ll communicate about that, really, each and every day and come up with our plan.”