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Tony Romo says he could play in a game if he 'had to'

The hopes and dreams of the Dallas Cowboys' 2014 season rest mainly on the recovering back of Tony Romo.

The quarterback underwent surgery on a herniated disc in December, missing the final game of the 2013 season. While Romo continues to ease into offseason workouts, he said if the season started today he could play.


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"I feel good," Romo told NFL Media's Desmond Purnell on Tuesday. "I've been talking about it for a little while, it's just your back keeps getting better and better and then after the surgery you get to a point where you feel good. And I'm getting to a point right now where I could go out and play if I had to."

With Brandon Weeden as the primary backup at this point (given Kyle Orton's situation is still in limbo), a healthy Romo is the Cowboys' best hope for any success in 2014.

Romo told the team's official website his goal is to be "100 percent on Day 1 of training camp" in July.

The 34-year-old quarterback has taken most of the heat for the Cowboys' lack of playoff success under his watch. The back injury is just the latest in a career of obstacles Romo has had to overcome mentally and physically.

"You basically give up your body, in some ways, to play the game. It's a great joy to be able to play this game for a living," he said. "When you're done, and I'm done with the Cowboys, like I've said before, I'll have given my back and some ribs through that time. But it's been a great joy."

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