Scott Linehan Hints That Tony Romo May Not Play In Week 9

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Friday, October 31st, 2014 | 0

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s Week 9 playing status has remained up in the air after he suffered a back contusion on a brutal hit from Washington linebacker Keenan Robinson in the Cowboys’ 20-17 overtime loss to the Redskins on Monday Night Football.

Much of the scare revolved around the fact that Romo has had surgery on that exact same area of his back the past two years, but Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said the team believed the two injuries were unrelated.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones believed that Romo’s ability to play in the team’s Week 9 game against the Arizona Cardinals would come down to his pain tolerance, and that may just be the case. Romo may have returned to Monday’s game, but Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill reported that Garrett said his Week 9 status would be a down-to-the-wire game-time decision:

Soon thereafter, Charean Williams reported that she asked Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan if he’d ever seen a quarterback start after not practicing all week. His response wasn’t glaringly positive:

It’s not looking good for Romo to start in Week 9, and truth be told, that’s probably the best course of action for the team.

They may have lost in Week 8, but still sit with a 6-2 record. The 6-1 Cardinals are coming into town this week, but it’s not  worth risking Romo’s overall health and playing status just to have him available for a regular season contest.

The Cowboys are finally on track to make the playoffs this year, thanks in large to the league’s best running game and a surprising defense. But they’ll need Romo to be at his best if and when they do make it to the postseason, so it’s a good move to play it cautious with his most recent back injury.

He appeared to be playing at less than full capacity when he returned against Washington, making the probability of re-injuring his back relatively high. At this point in his career, the Cowboys need to play it safe with Romo.

On the other hand, he’s a gunslinger who wants nothing more than to go out on his shield. Will Romo be available when Arizona comes to Dallas this Sunday?

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