Tony Romo Switches Jerseys with Caleb Hanie in Attempt to Sneak into Team Drills

USA Today
Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2014

Tony Romo will do whatever it takes to get back on the field at this point.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback underwent back surgery in December, so coach Jason Garrett is easing Romo back into action this summer. Romo was limited in practice during the Cowboys' first day of minicamp Tuesday, so he tried to get creative in order to get back onto the field.

Nice try.

Romo was just trying to get some reps under his belt, according to The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota:

I almost snuck in. I feel pretty good. I could go. I was going to take some seven-on-seven reps but I don’t know how much that really helps, just to get those three or four reps today.

We’re at this point now and I understand, we’re being smart with it.

The 34-year-old had tried to put on Brandon Weeden's No. 3 jersey before taking Caleb Hanie's No. 7. The only problem was that Romo has a good 15-20 pounds on Weeden.

Jun 17, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) smiles as he hides jersey number 7 he borrowed from Caleb Hanie (not pictured) as he talks to Brandon Weeden (3) during minicamp at Cowboys headquarters at Valley Ranch. Mandatory Cre

Weeden joked about the situation after the fact, via Machota:

He said it was a little too snug because he wears an offensive lineman jersey. It didn’t fit, so he threw Caleb’s on, hid the number and all of that, called the first play in the huddle and Coach Garrett said, ‘Not a chance.’

Athletes who are recovering from injuries want to get back into action as quickly as possible. It's been about six months since Romo underwent back surgery, so he's itching to get back on the field. Unfortunately for him, his fellow quarterbacks don't wear jerseys big enough for him to wear.

[The Dallas Morning News]

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