Posted December 25, 2013

Jason Garrett: Tony Romo (back) ‘doesn’t look overly comfortable’

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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said the Broncos secondary does a lot of holding.  (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo reportedly is suffering from a herniated disk. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Whether or not Tony Romo will recover from a back injury in time to play quarterback for the Cowboys against the Eagles on Sunday will likely remain a day-to-day question leading into the winner-take-all game for the NFC East title.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Wednesday that Romo was at the team facility and remains day-to-day. Garrett did pepper his answers with fairly neutral assessments of Romo physical status with some nuggets, including telling reporters that Romo “doesn’t look overly comfortable” despite an epidural injection Tuesday. Garrett said Romo was not at team meetings Wednesday while he was getting treatment.

“He is fighting through it, going through the treatment process,” Garrett said. “He’s a tough guy … He doesn’t seem overly comfortable.”

Although Romo is seeing an “army of guys,” Garrett emphasized that the Cowboys would never compromise his long-term health.

If Romo can’t go Sunday, the Cowboys will start backup Kyle Orton. They have officially added Jon Kitna, a former Dallas backup familiar with their system, as their No. 3 quarterback.

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Owner and general manager Jerry Jones and Garrett have maintained that Romo has not been ruled out despite reports to the contrary.

Defensively, the Cowboys got some good news Wednesday as Morris Claiborne was able to practice, but middle linebacker Sean Lee was not available.


18 comments
gary41
gary41

It would be nice if writers would stop using the term 'herniated disc' when they don't know the MRI results.  If he actually has a herniated disc, he will not be playing this last game or the post season, should Dallas actually win against Philly.  What we know is that Romo has problems in the 4th quarter especially in December, where Orton has problems all 4 quarters.  Kitna is actually a smarter choice, but his style of play doesn't fit Garrett's unbalanced passing philosophy......It would actually be better to have Kitna play QB and call the plays, which would add another dimension defensively......  

beast
beast

One thing that sucks about this is Jones and Garrett have their excuse for losing. Even if the defense gives up 55 points, they''ll act like a healthy Romo would've helped them win. 

My prediction with Romo: Dallas 28 Philly 48. 

Without Romo or Romo leaves early: Dallas 16 Philly 55  

Marchoir
Marchoir

Let's not forget that Michael Jordan played with an upset stomach, and it has been declared the most courageous effort of all time, and the ultimate example of toughness. A herniated disc? That's nothing. Now if Tony had stomach bug and still played. That would really be something.

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

I'd rather that he plays and it's a straight up game.  A win-is-a-win but a victory of Orton wouldn't be as sweet as one over Romo.

RichardHonig
RichardHonig

Personally I hope he plays. Who wouldn't want another Romo gag job for Christmas?

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Every time I've had an epidural injection, and I have had three, the doctor has made a production of saying that it will take three to six weeks to kick in. Which, in my case, has been about right. Hell, it's still plenty sore three or four days later. I'll admit to being almost twice Romo's age, but I still don't see that procedure  he had on Tuesday doing anything for him at all by Sunday. More power to him if it does. 

CobyPreimesberger
CobyPreimesberger

again this was different type of epidural injection, it was a steroid injection, which guys like jason giambi, and sheffeield also recieved.  again he's likely out they know it, that he'll need surgery and need 4 months to recover

help4mac1
help4mac1

Hopefully he'll give birth and recover in time.

beast
beast

@Marchoir MJ had severe flu like symptoms after ordering Pizza through room service while in Utah in the finals. 

I've always thought its likely some Jazz Fans did stuff to his food hoping theyd effect the game. 


101philosopha101
101philosopha101

@MarchoirI recently had an upset stomach.  I couldn't move.  How MJ played through that is simply remarkable.

grkorbel
grkorbel

@RichardHonig 


In  the spirit of Christmas, I wish for you to get the help you need. You seemingly are one of those wretched, soul-sick individuals who has a pathological need to hate someone who has never done anything to him personally.

grkorbel
grkorbel

@Rickapolis 

There are two variables, Rick, that may apply to Romo's situation and not yours. First, he's a professional athlete and a study of 27 NFL players receiving epidurals indicated the average time missed was two practices and a half a game.


The second variable is Romo's ability to play through pain. It's apparently as off-the-charts as Emmtt Smith's was. (You recall when Smith incurred a first-degree seperated shoulder against the Giants in the second half of a winner-take-all game in week 18 of 1993. Smith missed two plays despite having no use of his injured arm and needing help to be pulledoff the ground. )


Romo played all but three games against the 49'ers in 2011 with cracked ribs and a punctured lung. That's why Garrett and Jones are not counting him out--despite Sheffer's unnamed sources: the guy's ability to take pain is amazing and if it's just pain he has to contend with and not paresis, he suits up.

101philosopha101
101philosopha101

@RickapolisYou are 60 and out of shape, he's 33 and in great shape.  He will recover far quicker, but yeah, may not be ready by Sunday.

grkorbel
grkorbel

@CobyPreimesberger 


They may have good reason the believe he's out but they don't know that because a study of 27 players receiving epidurals for hernioated disk showed the average time missed was two practices and a half a game.


You're suggesting that Jones and Garret know he's out is nothing more than speculation--or some sort of perverted hope.

xrayspectator
xrayspectator

@grkorbelOr, more likely, you get inundated with Cowboy's news your whole life. You get told this is the year the Cowboys get over the hump. A Cowboy player does something minor and it gets blown out of proportion by the national media. You just get tired of hearing about this perpetually 8-8 team on a  non-stop basis. 

You then get happy when their season is done. Then you don't have to hear about that 8-8 team anymore.

Also, I would assume @RichardHonig is a 49ers fan, in which case you're happy when your arch rival team chokes. It's a part of sports. You calling people soul-sick for wishing their rival team fails is pretty self-righteous and you need the help as much as he does.