Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will play in Dallas' second preseason game Saturday against the visiting Ravens, nearly eight months after undergoing back surgery, he told ESPN.com's Todd Archer after Tuesday's joint practice with the Raiders.
"You're not guaranteed anything, so it's special just to play football," Romo said. "It's special to play for the team I get to play for, and it's special to get out there and put the helmet on. For me, I don't take that for granted. I know that it's a great feeling when you do get out there."
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett wouldn't commit to Romo playing in the game when he was asked earlier on Tuesday.
"I think you have to play in the preseason," Romo said. "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 it. 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 [a] 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."
The 34-year-old, three-time Pro Bowler is entering his 12th season with the Cowboys. He threw for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns in 15 games last season, with 10 interceptions.
- Chris Mascaro