Romo Plays Hurt for Second Week – Dallas Cowboys Survive Titans
After the week 1 debacle against the 49ers, Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett and the Dallas Cowboys were inundated with concerns about Romo not getting enough reps during Training Camp. Was he rusty? Not seeing the field? Not acclimated to the speed of the game after rehab from off season back surgery?
These concerns were voice by all levels of sports media, from national pundits to local sports anchors, to DallasCowboys.com staff writers to the obscure scum-bag basement blogger and non-professional podcast producer. Additionally, they were all prefaced with this one fact; Romo was 100% healthy. Only conspiracy theorists could entertain the fanciful notion that Romo was somehow playing hurt in opposition to the official line of propaganda emanating from Valley Ranch officials including, but not limited to, Owner and General Manager Jerry Jones, Executive Vice-President Stephen Jones and Head Coach Jason Garrett.
Regardless of what has been broadcast and promoted, it fails to eliminate one fact. Tony Romo has been listed on the official injury list of the Dallas Cowboys the first two weeks of the 2014 NFL season. The injury listed is his back. Both weeks he has also been listed as probable to play that week’s game, which he has.
There is another fact that cannot escape notice. Tony Romo looks like he’s playing hurt. He doesn’t move with his usual quickness. At times, he simply looks uncomfortable and his movements are not fluid. His accuracy has suffered on unconventional throws that he routinely makes. He’s not the same quarterback that Cowboys fans are used to seeing week in and week out. He was even pictured a few times during the 49’ers game grimacing in obvious pain.
Against the Tennessee Titans, they were able to puts puts on the board without depending too much on the injured Romo and survived with a 26-10 win. Controlling the clock for more than 41 minutes and DeMarco Murray carrying the ball a career high 29 times, Romo’s unique talents were not needed. His personal stats were solid and unspectacular, no more to expect from a player whose health is less than perfect.
So, the next time you hear a discussion about the play of Tony Romo, know that the discussion is bogus if it doesn’t also include the fact that Romo’s back is not 100% healthy!