In previous seasons if the Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo injures his back in a Monday Night Football game it would just be “pile on Tony” Tuesday. Not this season.
Romo injured his back in the third quarter of last night’s 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. He returned late in the fourth quarter after a painkiller shot, but the hit was big enough that Romo is scheduled for an MRI today to assess the damage.
Appearing on a local radio show Tuesday morning, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he remains optimistic that Romo’s injury won’t keep him out for more than a day.
“We anticipate him being ready to go,” Garrett told 105.3 The Fan when asked about the Cowboys’ game Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. “When we left the stadium last night, he seemed like he was OK, and we’ll get the tests today to verify everything.”
That’s the news Cowboys fans wanted to hear this morning. Romo this season has silenced his critics, proving clutch in several games and guiding the Cowboys to a 6-1 record going into last night’s MNF game against the Redskins. Though Romo came back in the fourth quarter, he was unable to seal the Cowboy’s seventh win of the year, as Washington emerged from AT&T Stadium with an overtime road win.
Cowboys backup QB Brandon Weeden played for Romo for two series and tallied 10 points, but it wasn’t enough. Romo wasn’t able to eek the Cowboys over the hump during regulation, and his desperation fourth-down pass to wide receiver Dez Bryant was knocked down in overtime to seal the Redskins’ win.
Romo’s back injury was particularly tense for Cowboys fans because the QB had back surgery this past offseason. The injury came midway through the third quarter on a sack by Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson.