Romo believes he might be back for minicamp on June 11 and said he definitely will be ready for training camp.
"If this was the regular season and I had to play next week, I could," Romo told David Moore of The Dallas Morning News. "This is just about being smart. That's why I did it now. This will have no effect on training camp. No way will it have an impact. And I still think there's a good chance I'm on the field for minicamp."
The Cowboys don't seem to believe the injury is a long-term concern, although it's unclear how and when the problem came up. Romo is expected to meet with the media on Tuesday to discuss the problem. He hasn't spoken in a group setting since signing his $108 million contract extension in March.
Romo told Moore the back was a "nagging" issue. After surgery, he was limited to light conditioning work. He's recently started to throw the ball again.
Missing OTAs and minicamp season is not devastating for a veteran quarterback in a stable offensive system, as long as Romo truly is healthy for camp. In the meantime, Kyle Orton will take snaps with the first-team offense.
It's a reminder for all of those who complain about Romo that he's been a highly durable, productive quarterback for nearly a decade. Sometimes you don't know what you have until it's gone, even if it's only in May.Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.