IRVING (AP) Tony Romo and Jason Witten did more than just show up at the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility Friday. They even went on the field.
Though they weren’t seen throwing any footballs, the Pro Bowl quarterback who missed most of last season because of a broken left collarbone and the perennial Pro Bowl tight end were among a handful of players who ran and did some conditioning drills on one of the team’s practice fields.
At least a dozen Cowboys players were seen going into the Valley Ranch facility a day after the NFL said players could talk with coaches, work out at team headquarters and look at their playbooks.
Until those guidelines were put in place, there had been uncertainty. Players hadn’t been allowed to work out at the facilities despite a federal judge ruling Monday that the NFL lockout was illegal.
While NFL owners are appealing that ruling, team facilities are open to players — for now.
Among those who arrived the earliest at the Cowboys’ facility was Pro Bowl receiver Miles Austin at around 7:30 a.m. Austin stayed for nearly two hours, then on his way out exchanged high-fives with Igor Olshansky as the defensive lineman came in through the players’ entrance.
No players spoke to reporters, who weren’t allowed onto the complex grounds in the morning.
Right tackle Marc Colombo was also seen at Valley Ranch on Friday morning, only about 12 hours after the Cowboys used the ninth overall draft pick on his likely replacement, Tyron Smith from USC. Smith was the first offensive lineman drafted in the first round by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones since he bought the team in 1989.
Romo got hurt Oct. 25, in the first half of the sixth game of last season. The Cowboys, who finished with a losing record in a season that began with hopes of being the first host team in the Super Bowl, finally put him on injured reserve for the final two games of the season.
Romo had been doing some throwing and there had been indications that he might return to practice at the end of last season before getting put on injured reserve.
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