Aug 7, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) before the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys' Tony Romo: 'You have to play in preseason'

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo sat out the first preseason game as he recovers from back surgery in the offseason. Against the Baltimore Ravens, Romo will make his preseason debut.

Romo stressed the importance of playing in the preseason to get acclimated to the speed of the game and prepare for the upcoming season.

“I think you have to play in the preseason,’’ Romo said, via the Dallas Morning News. “Obviously, some people can’t, but I do know from my perspective, this game is not just something where you can show up and think that you can do. I think it’s been proven far too many times that if you take too long of a break or don’t get reps under you that you will be exposed in certain areas.

“I’m a firm believer that you have to play football to get better at football. Football’s a way of life. It’s not just sometimes thing. It’s an all-the-time thing if you’re going to be a great player, and I think if you have the opportunity to play, you’ve got to play.’’

Cowboys fans will likely be holding their breath the entire time he is on the field as they hope he escapes unscathed. There is a certain amount of truth to what Romo is saying though. There is only so much prep work you can do on the practice field and facing some live NFL action could help him prepare for the season.

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