Tony Romo’s Week 9 Availability Will Come Down To Pain Tolerance

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Wednesday, October 29th, 2014 | 0

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The Dallas Cowboys got a horrific scare when quarterback Tony Romo was forced out of Monday’s (October 27, 2014) 20-17 loss to the Washington Redskins after taking a hard hit to his lower back from linebacker Keenan Robinson in the third quarter.

Romo, who underwent back surgery on the same area after the 2012 and 2013 seasons, was taken to the locker room and returned for the Cowboys’ ill-fated attempt at an overtime comeback. Romo didn’t look like himself when he came back in, getting pressured and failing to make any significant gains on offense.

The Cowboys are still 6-2 after the loss, and much of the focus remains on Romo’s health status. Speaking to the press, head coach Jason Garrett confirmed that Romo’s current injury is unrelated to the ones that forced him to have postseason surgery:

“It appears to be a separate injury, not related to what he had last year.”

An encouraging diagnosis, but the Cowboys are still awaiting an MRI on Romo’s back. Initial X-rays on his back did come back negative.

Cowboys writer Clarence Hill reported that Dallas owner Jerry Jones said Romo’s Week 9 availability would all depend on his pain tolerance:

Soon thereafter, Charean Williams stated that Romo not surprisingly missed practice today:

That’s not really breaking news, as the team has made a habit of resting Romo on Wednesdays as he recovers from his previous back injury. He’s obviously still very much affected by his current one, and the team doesn’t know the exact extent of the injuries.

Brandon Weeden filled in admirably for Romo on Monday Night Football, leading the Cowboys to 10 total points in his only two drives. Yet he’s a backup for a reason, and it’s clear that Dallas needs Romo close to one hundred percent if they want to continue their torrid pace and finally do some damage in the playoffs.

They’ve been largely depending on star running back DeMarco Murray to get the job done in 2014, but at some point, Romo is going to have to make some big plays late in the season.

It’s becoming more and more apparent that he’s going to have to play hurt for the rest of this year. Can he overcome the pain and finally lead Dallas to a playoff victory?

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