Owner Jerry Jones declares that Tony Romo is 100 percent as the quarterback is held out of practice for the second time in the first six days of camp.

Coach Jason Garrett talks of how valuable time off can be for Romo a few hours after executive vice president Stephen Jones said the quarterback would take part in the afternoon practice.

Does that clear things up?

Call it the Curious Case of Tony Romo. The Cowboys certainly aren’t doing themselves any favors with their inability to publicly articulate a coherent plan.

If the idea early in camp is to see how Romo feels from one day to the next before making a determination, fine. If the blueprint is to have him work no more than two consecutive days for the first week and a half, say so.

Cowboys officials have chosen a different approach. They constantly talk about how good he looks while severely limiting his workload.

It’s important at this moment to step back and look at the big picture. The goal is for Romo to be at his best when the Cowboys open the regular season against San Francisco on Sept. 7.

The goal is not to take every snap in the first five practices to ease the anxiety or suspicions of those outside the organization. What Romo has to prove in his return from back surgery will take place in the final four months of the year, not late July and August.

None of the principals express concern that Romo won’t be himself for the opener. He’s building toward that moment. It’s unrealistic to demand he be ready now.