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Draft Scout Tony Romo News
10/29/14 - QB Tony Romo suffered a severe back contusion in Monday's 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins. Though X-rays and a CT scan were negative for a skeletal injury or anything related to the back surgery he had last December to repair a herniated disk, Romo is not likely to practice this week and there is no guarantee he will play Sunday against the Cardinals.
His status has everything to do with pain tolerance and an ability to function in the game. He took a shot to return to the game on Monday, but the soreness and pain remain severe. The doctors are hoping it will subside before the end of the week so they can make a better determination about his status.
It will likely come down to a game-time decision on Sunday.
"I'm just taking it day by day," Romo said Wednesday. "Went and got a CT scan and talked to doc and went through all the stuff you've got to go through. Just take it day by day. I don't want to get into specifics about what it is. We've already looked at it. It will be something you'll look at each day. It's unrelated to (anything) previous. You've got to figure out a way to manage it and go from there."
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones emphasized that Romo "can play" from a medical aspect but whether he can withstand the pain and can execute is a big "if."
"At this time, we have nothing medically that would prevent him from playing," Jones said. "What I mean by that is that there's nothing to his injury that technically won't function. This is a function of pain tolerance. But it's a serious issue that you could look at people that have had a similar type injury and they haven't played the next week, so that would cause you some concern about him playing.
"It is not, at this juncture, in any way, a season-ending injury," Jones said. "But it is one that raises the question of whether or not he can tolerate a certain amount of pain in that area. That's about what we know right now."
Romo made it clear that if it was just about
10/27/14 - QB Tony Romo threw a touchdown pass in a 36th consecutive game, tying Brett Favre for the fifth-longest streak in NFL history. Romo left the game midway through the third quarter after being sacked. He returned late in the fourth after receiving an injection in his surgically repaired back, and he said he expects to be ready for the Cowboys' next game.
10/23/14 - QB Tony Romo will face the Redskins Monday for the first time since last December when he overcame a painful herniated disk to lead the Cowboys to a 24-23 victory. Romo said it was the most pain he has ever experienced. It was the last game of the season for Romo, who underwent surgery to repair the herniated disk and missed the season finale.
"I didn't quite know my season was going to be over after I walked off the field," Romo said Thursday. "Sometimes I cringe thinking about it. Just part of playing professional sports, you're playing in a game and you're hurt or banged up or whatever and you just kind of play through it. As a competitor you kind of feel like, ‘I'll worry about it after the game,' and you do everything you can. It felt like the season was on the line at the time so you kind of lay it on the line and you let the chips fall after the game."
DT Amobi Okoye practiced for the first time all season after opening the season on the reserve/non-football injury list. It was actually his first practice since recovering from anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, a brain condition that causes memory loss and seizures, causing him to be in a coma for three months last year. Okoye hasn't played in an NFL game since 2012.
"It was good, it was worth it," said Okoye, who worked with the scout team. "It was mixed emotions. It felt like it naturally was coming back. I've played six years in the league (and), it doesn't take too long for stuff to come back to you."
The Cowboys have three weeks to put him on the active roster. Then they will have to activate him, cut him, or keep on NFI.
10/20/14 - QB Tony Romo is playing some of the best football of his career. He is certainly as accurate and as efficient has he has ever been. Romo completed 17 of 23 passes for 279 yards with three touchdowns, one interception and a 135.7 passer rating in Dallas' 31-21 victory against the Giants. Jerry Jones said it was the best performance of Romo's career.
10/19/14 - QB Tony Romo has thrown a touchdown pass in 35 consecutive games. He finished with three scores.