Romo says Cowboys' secret workout draws about 40 players

Approximately 40 Dallas Cowboys players gathered to work out together Tuesday at an undisclosed location, quarterback Tony Romotold The Dallas Morning News.

"I was very pleased with the turnout," Romo said. "The guys were excited to be out there. It was a crisp and fast-paced practice. You could tell the guys were energized to be back into football on the field."

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, citing several sources, reported as many as 49 Cowboys were in attendance Tuesday. However, wide receiver Dez Bryant was not one of them, according to foxsportssouthwest.com, which cited a Cowboys source. Bryant, however, participated in Wednesday's session, according to espndallas.com.

Bryant is recovering from a fractured right fibula that he sustained in early December during a Week 13 matchup against the Indianapolis Colts. Bryant recently made headlines for hundreds of thousands of dollars of jewelry purchases that prompted several lawsuits as well as a separate incident with a security guard at an upscale Dallas-area mall. Owner Jerry Jones spoke with Bryant this past Thursday, presumably about the offseason incidents.

Romo, whose 2010 season ended after six games because of a broken collarbone sustained against the New York Giants on Oct. 25, said he is fully recovered and wishes, "the season was starting tomorrow."

Tuesday's session was organized to approximate the types of activities that would be included in a normal May minicamp, Romo said, adding that players have been working on conditioning in small groups since the lockout began in March.

"I think as we continue to do this going forward, it will help us improve tremendously this offseason," Romo said. "Any competitive advantage we will be able to obtain, that's why we're out there doing the things we're doing. We're excited knowing we'll be that much farther along and we'll be in football shape."

One workout Romo probably will miss is next Monday, when he is scheduled to play in a qualifier for the U.S. Open golf tournament.

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