Don’t tell Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is a hero.
Orakpo said Tuesday that after Romo suffered a broken rib and collapsed lung before leading the Cowboys to a come-from-behind victory over the 49ers, the media made too big a deal of Romo’s injury. And after Romo led the Cowboys to a victory over the Redskins, Orakpo was really sick of hearing it.
“To me they blown it way out of proportion,” Orakpo said on ESPN 980, via Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post. “I mean, they tried to make it seem like the guy was hospitalized the night before the game, just so we could build it up if they was to win the game — oh he’s a courageous player to go out there and play. The guy was playing just like Tony Romo, running around, making throws. He got hit throughout the whole game and still getting up. I mean, it was blown way out of proportion, but it is what it is.”
Orakpo said the loss to the Cowboys left a bitter taste in his mouth.
“We’re angry. We’re very angry, the players and the coaches,” he said. “We’re so happy that it’s a short week because we can’t wait to get back out there on Sunday and perform, because we left that game out there. We could have easily won that game, and we’re just very very angry, very very hungry to get back out there. And whoever’s up next — I don’t even care who it is, I think they said we’ve got the Rams going to St. Louis — and it really don’t matter who we play, we’re really gonna go out there and finish it off right.”
For the record, Orakpo is correct: They’re going to St. Louis to play the Rams. Orakpo probably won’t want to hear anything about Sam Bradford this week.