(CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Tony Romo is expected to make his preseason debut Friday night against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. It will be the first time he works in a game under new offensive coordinator Bill Callahan. Romo did not play in the Hall of Fame game against Miami last Sunday as he is working his way back from surgery in April to remove a cyst in his back.
“More than anything you just want to have good execution,” Romo said. “You want to be able to do things. You’re not game planning per se and having the stuff that you’re really going to attack certain coverages and certain teams a certain way. So you get a little vanilla with what you may call. You’d like to get into a rhythm, but I just think we need to go out there and execute the right way and do things that we feel good about as far as doing our assignments right and getting through stuff quickly and just not having any mental errors.”
Romo’s most trusted receiver, Jason Witten, is hoping for a better trip to Oakland this preseason than the one he had last year. Witten sustained a “slightly lacerated” spleen when he was hit by Rolando McClain after catching a pass in the first quarter.
Witten remained in the game before the injury was diagnosed and missed the rest of the preseason before coming back for the season opener. Witten recovered to catch a career-high 110 passes last season.
“That was just a situation that happened when you play,” Witten said. “I don’t think you worry about that. It’s just an unfortunate situation. But we’ve run that play a lot of times and never had that come up. I can’t really think about it. It was a long three weeks. I know that. But I’m a better person, a better player because of it for sure.”
Coverage of the Cowboys second preseason game starts at 8 p.m. on CBS 11 with the “Countdown to Kickoff” pregame show. Kickoff is at 9 p.m. You can also listen to radio coverage of the game on 105.3 The Fan. Pregame coverage starts at 8 p.m.