OXNARD, Calif. – Tony Romo doesn't expect to play Thursday night when the Cowboys open their preseason in San Diego, but he does expect to participate in the following week's home date against Baltimore.
"I'll probably, we're talking about it, but most likely I'll probably miss – I'll sit out the San Diego game and then play in Game 2, and we'll go from there," he said.
The prediction came fresh off Romo's most extensive work of training camp. The Cowboys went through their two-hour Blue-White scrimmage, which saw a surprising amount of reps from the first-team offense and defense. Romo said he took his most reps of training camp, but the workload didn't feel like more than a typical practice.
"It was the most reps, but it doesn't feel that much different than the other days – we were just out here more times, or more plays," he said. "We've been executing real well, and it was good to see that again today."
For his part, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett declined to confirm Romo's role in the game against the Chargers, saying there hasn't been an official discussion on the quarterback's availability. It seems reasonable to expect he'll sit, however, given the typical lack of starters' involvement in early preseason games.
"We're talking about it – most likely, unless something changes, I think we're talking about waiting until after San Diego to play in Game 2," Romo said. "So we'll probably do that and just be smart like we've been doing."
In the meantime, Romo said immediately following the scrimmage that his back felt fine. As has been the case since the start of training camp, though, he said he'll check in with trainers and coaches going forward.
"I feel good. Like I've said before, you feel good but you've got to go feel how it is and readjust and all that stuff," he said.
In keeping with his schedule of mixing off days with practice days, Romo said he will practice either Monday or Tuesday before Wednesday's trip to San Diego – but likely not both.
"I'll either sit out tomorrow or Tuesday, we'll see. I'll talk to the trainers, see the number of reps, see what they tell me and go from there," he said. "I envision, right now … I'll probably practice tomorrow instead of Tuesday if we keep going with the schedule we've been doing. Or maybe it's tomorrow and come back Tuesday, but we'll see what they say."