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VALLEY RANCH -- Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss at least three weeks following surgery to remove a cyst from his back, team sources confirmed to WFAA Sports.

Romo will miss Organized Team Activities (OTAs) scheduled over the next three weeks, but the surgery is considered minor and Romo told The Dallas Morning News he may take part in the team's mini-camp next month.

He said he'll definitely be ready for training camp in July.

"If this was a regular season and I had to play next week, I could," Romo told the Morning News. "This is just about being smart."

Romo said he felt a persistent ache in his back and the cyst was not a result of any one traumatic event.

"That's why I did it now," he told the paper. "This will have no effect on training camp. No way will it have an impact."

Romo is expected to meet with the media Tuesday; the first such meeting since he signed a six-year, $108-million contract extension.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he expects more from Romo in helping shape the Cowboys' offense this season.

For OTAs at least, Romo will have to do it from the sidelines. He'll will throw on the sidelines during this week's OTAs, but is not expected to take part in any team drills.

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