“A couple of those guys have to deal with the kind of conditioning they’re in,” Garrett said. “That’s really why we do the test. We feel like it’s a good indicator as to whether or not a player is football ready to practice at the pace the Dallas Cowboys are going to practice at.
“Each of those guys is out for a different reason. We have a plan for each of those guys to get them healthy and get them in the kind of condition they need to be in to practice as quickly as they can.”
Garrett said there are explanations and excuses as to why each of those players either couldn’t perform the conditioning test or failed it, but he’s more concerned about getting them back than focusing on what the problem was.
He said the team did an outstanding job overall during the conditioning test, which he called challenging. Garrett was particularly impressed with
“He has a green light to go, but like with a lot of our players, we’ll continue to monitor them, see how they do each and every day and look for spots to get them a break if they need one,” Garrett said. “He was pretty impressive in that conditioning test yesterday. For a defensive lineman to run as well as he runs and be in the kind of shape he’s in, outstanding, great example for the rest of our team.”
The injuries will give other young offensive linemen the opportunity to run with the starters and backups and get more reps than they would otherwise have gotten. Garrett said
“We have a long way to go,” Garrett said. “We have a lot of football to be played before we play the Giants in the opener, and we have to do the right things as an organization to get these guys out there and practicing when they’re ready to do that.”
Garrett also was impressed with how
“The first thing he needed to do was get himself in shape, and it’s a hard thing to do when you come off a back injury because you’ve got to almost my definition be a little bit immobile,” Garrett said.
Garrett didn’t want to get into details about Romo’s playing weight, but he said he’s right around it. Romo’s listed at 236 pounds currently.
“He’s actually a pound over his prescribed playing weight right now,” Garrett said. “He got his weight down. He’ll tell you right now, he just has to continue to do the conditioning stuff necessary.”