The Dallas Cowboys were without Tony Romo for the team walkthrough today and said the starting quarterback will miss practice later today. The Cowboys remains hopeful that their quarterback will play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, but news that Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo misses Thursday practice is not a good sign.
Romo suffered a bone contusion in his back during the Cowboys Monday Night Football loss to the Washington Redskins. Romo’s back injury came midway through the third quarter of the Cowboy’s 20-17 overtime loss on a sack by Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson. Although Romo returned in the fourth quarter, he wasn’t the same and had an MRI Tuesday.
Romo sat out the Cowboys practice yesterday, telling reporters the pain level was “pretty similar” to the discomfort he felt after the Monday Night Football game. He is scheduled to miss practice again Thursday.
In spite of the pain, Dallas Cowboys head coach remains optimistic Romo will play Sunday against the Cardinals.
“He’s not ruled out for this game by any means. He’s getting himself mentally ready. He’s in the meetings. He’s a part of our football team, and hopefully as the week goes on, it feels better and he can function and it’ll give him a chance to play,” Garrett said Thursday.
Romo himself remains optimistic as well, though he did admit that he needs to show signs of improvement soon.
“At a certain point, there needs to be a shift in the way you feel that shows you that you’re able to do the fundamental things that need to get done,” Romo said. “From there, you got to get the doctors’ clearance and take those steps and go.”
Romo’s back injury Monday night was particularly concerning because the quarterback had offseason surgery. This new injury does not appear to have aggravated his surgically repaired back, but the Cowboys and Romo are treating it with caution to be safe.