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Assuming preseason complete, Romo won't have much to build on for Cowboys' season opener

  • FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) sits on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. If preseason form holds, Romo and the starting Dallas offense won't play in the final tuneup against Denver on Thursday night, Aug. 28.. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2014, file photo, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) sits on the sidelines during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Miami Gardens, Fla. If preseason form holds, Romo and the starting Dallas offense won't play in the final tuneup against Denver on Thursday night, Aug. 28.. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) looks to pass during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) talk on the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Cowboys 25-20. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) and wide receiver Cole Beasley (11) talk on the sideline during the second half of an NFL preseason football game against the Miami Dolphins, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014, in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Dolphins defeated the Cowboys 25-20. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)  (The Associated Press)

Tony Romo missed practice again Monday, though it was hard to tell whether it was rest for his surgically repaired back or the first of a few days off assuming the Dallas quarterback is finished for the preseason.

If Romo has taken his final exhibition snap, he and the Cowboys don't have much to build on for the Sept. 7 opener against San Francisco. He led two ragged quarters in a 25-20 loss to Miami and isn't likely to play against Denver on Thursday night.

Coach Jason Garrett says there were "some things obviously that we need to clean up."

That starts with keeping Romo upright, although the Cowboys were pleased to see his back hold up through three sacks.

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