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All signs point to Tony Romo playing next Sunday night

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In preparation for next Sunday night’s special Christmas edition of Football Night In America, Peter King and yours truly threw out a wide net in order to obtain the best information about the status of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

Romo banged his throwing hand against the helmet of Eagles defensive end Jason Babin during Saturday’s ultimately meaningless loss to Philadelphia.  The hand swelled up to almost cartoonish proportions, and concerns swirled regarding his availability for next Sunday night’s win-and-in, lose-and-hit-the-road-Jack regular-season finale against the Giants.

All indications continue to be that Romo suffered no structural damage, that the swelling is expected to go down, and that Romo will be able to play.

That’s very good news for the Cowboys, who previously placed backup Jon Kitna on injured reserve with a back injury.  Stephen McGee completed 24 of 38 passes on Saturday, for 182 yards, one touchdown, and no interceptions, but he’s not the guy the Cowboys would want to ask to win a playoff play-in game.

If the Cowboys sign a veteran quarterback in the next day or two, that would be a sign that they are concerned about Romo.  Then again, if the Cowboys truly were concerned about Romo, they may have already signed a veteran quarterback.

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29 Responses to “All signs point to Tony Romo playing next Sunday night”
  1. duece8 says: Dec 25, 2011 7:43 PM

    All signs point to another OFF SEASON!!!!

  2. jimr10 says: Dec 25, 2011 7:44 PM

    All signs point to Tony Romo playing next Sunday night
    Unfortunately.. so will Jason Garrett.

  3. jdandcoke says: Dec 25, 2011 7:44 PM

    who cares? if the giants defense shows up again, they’ll win whether romo plays or not. if they dont, even a scrub like stephen mcgee will shred them and the boys will win.

    one thing is almost entirely certain….manningham will play, maybe ballard too, and eli will destroy the cowboys non-existent secondary.

  4. Soulman45 says: Dec 25, 2011 7:45 PM

    Frist to say
    What difference does it make the Cowgirls will lose
    Cowgirls 10
    New York 24

  5. trollaikman8 says: Dec 25, 2011 7:46 PM

    With that Dallas secondary, not sure if Joe Montana could overcome.
    All momentum is on NYG’s side but they’re known to disappear at times too.

  6. hellawaitsusall says: Dec 25, 2011 8:08 PM

    So he might play, but the whole game?

  7. usmutts says: Dec 25, 2011 8:13 PM

    “All indications continue to be that Romo suffered no structural damage”

    1. Who are you relying on for that info? Jerry Jones? And you believe it, right?

    2. One signifcant indication of structural damage is, in fact, the “cartoonish” swelling you saw on his hand.

    I still say Romo has a fracture in his hand and Jerry is lying about it.

  8. gcsuk says: Dec 25, 2011 8:15 PM

    As a Giants fan, I really want Romo to play. You always want your team to play against a team with their best available.

    Besides if this team (Giants) really hopes to do anything in the playoffs, then they should be able to beat the Cowboys with Romo.

  9. jpb12 says: Dec 25, 2011 8:29 PM

    This is all working out great for Romo. If he wins – it’s the legend of Tony Romo … broken rib, punctured lung etc… if he loses, we’ll find out he had a broken hand.

    It’s all good for Romo.

    This guy’s going to be 32 in April.

  10. backindasaddle says: Dec 25, 2011 8:34 PM

    Romo’s hand was swollen like a balloon. Tough to throw with a broken hand. The Cowboys are toast. Of course, even if Romo was 100% OK…. he’d probably still pull a bone-head move and blow the game anyway.

  11. marionbarber24isgod says: Dec 25, 2011 9:04 PM

    Can’t wait!! It’s going to be a great game that’s for sure, and the better team will come out on top. The stage can’t be bigger for the NFC East title showdown. Good luck to the Giants, and LETS GO COWBOYS!!

  12. zack2482 says: Dec 25, 2011 9:19 PM

    Memo to Giants, Romo is no Sanchez. Love the confidence but the Giants played a pitiful offense. Eli threw a 10 yard pass that went 99 yards. What was he 9 of 27? If Romo plays, he will have a good time against that equally awful secondary of the Giants.

  13. zaggs says: Dec 25, 2011 9:40 PM

    And all signs point to JPP putting Romo on his ass again.
    Plus I severly doubt the hand swelled that much without structural damage. They’ll just keep him hopped on painkillers. So then after he’s retired and addicted he’ll blame the game and not himself.

  14. mikehockhurtz says: Dec 25, 2011 10:35 PM

    Believe it or not…all the pressure is on the Giants

  15. eaglesfan94 says: Dec 25, 2011 10:36 PM

    @duece8
    Uhh… yeah. There’s an offseason every year.

  16. yevrag3535 says: Dec 25, 2011 11:11 PM

    Glad he will play, he will choke, just like he always does. He stinks. Never ever wins a big game so they might win if he doesn’t play.

  17. cowboyscanada says: Dec 25, 2011 11:37 PM

    Romo will light it up against the Giants!

  18. mynameiscoopermanning says: Dec 25, 2011 11:52 PM

    zack2482 says:Dec 25, 2011 9:19 PM

    Memo to Giants, Romo is no Sanchez. Love the confidence but the Giants played a pitiful offense. Eli threw a 10 yard pass that went 99 yards. What was he 9 of 27? If Romo plays, he will have a good time against that equally awful secondary of the Giants.
    _________________________________

    Memo to Giants, Romo is no sanchez..true

    And Romo is also no Eli Manning.

    He will carve up that defense like the Ryan’s carving thru Turkey on Christmas. Tony Romo in a big game, against the Giants in NY = disaster for the choke champion!

  19. zaggs says: Dec 26, 2011 12:35 AM

    “zack2482 says: Dec 25, 2011 9:19 PM

    Memo to Giants, Romo is no Sanchez. Love the confidence but the Giants played a pitiful offense. Eli threw a 10 yard pass that went 99 yards. What was he 9 of 27? If Romo plays, he will have a good time against that equally awful secondary of the Giants.”

    Last I checked the last Dallas QB to beat the Giants was John Kitna.
    Since the Giants always stink it up against the back ups Dallas would be better sitting Romo.

  20. zaggs says: Dec 26, 2011 12:47 AM

    “If Romo plays, he will have a good time against that equally awful secondary of the Giants.”

    As opposed to that awesome Dallas secondary that Eli shredded for 400 yards earlier this year?

  21. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 26, 2011 1:06 AM

    How long will it take Jason Pierre-Paul to plow through the Dallas offensive line, bodyslam Romo, and aggravate that hand injury?

    Jason Pierre-Paul is a complete freaking beast.

    Giants: 30
    Cowboys: -6

    (For the first time in professional sports history, the officials will feel compelled to give a team negative points.)

  22. dino2997 says: Dec 26, 2011 1:44 AM

    The weak NFC east should not even be allowed to have a playoff team.

  23. cup0pizza says: Dec 26, 2011 3:30 AM

    Love the Romo hatred. Bring it. Dallas’ downfall will be that god-awful secondary. Worst I’ve ever seen. Romo has sick career numbers, but the jealousy & hatred of the Cowboys blinds the ignorant to the facts. Not his fault he’s on a team that blows at drafting and personnel.

  24. trucker2020 says: Dec 26, 2011 6:01 AM

    Cartoonish? When they say -all signs says he’ll play-They are lieing, plain & simple.It’s not easy to throw the ball with a sore pinky, let alone a very sore throwing hand.Romo’s passes are wild enough as it is.No way he plays in what will be the Cowboys final game of the season.The Giants would have smoked ‘em either way 38-23

  25. tdhawk says: Dec 26, 2011 6:45 AM

    Doesn’t matter, the team shares Romo’s laid back personality. I don’t see enough intensity in this squad for Dallas to ever be champions.

    I’m a die-hard fan and it pains me to say this but you can see it in their performance, they just don’t play with an edge like the Cowboys teams in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Maybe a player or two as “it” but nothing like the rosters of the past.

  26. zack2482 says: Dec 26, 2011 8:23 AM

    He is not Eli right, he is having a better year than Eli. Go look up the facts genius! Eli is a turnover machine and love to throw it up for grabs. So when Dallas had to go into NO to beat a 13-0 team to keep their playoffs alive, he choked right? When he had to beat the Eagles twice to win the division and a playoff game he choked right? When he threw 4 td’s against the Giants and got them in FG range to tie, he choked right?

  27. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: Dec 26, 2011 9:25 AM

    “All signs point to Tony Romo playing next Sunday night”

    _______________________________
    the beautiful thing is that cowboys fans don’t know how to react to a headline like that!

  28. east96st says: Dec 26, 2011 10:04 AM

    “I’m a die-hard fan and it pains me to say this but you can see it in their performance, they just don’t play with an edge like the Cowboys teams in the 70′s, 80′s and 90′s.”

    In fairness, now they do random drug tests. Irvin and Haley would have basically melted the piss cup with all the chemicals they had in their bodies. All you guys needed was Keith Richards on the team and there would have been 16-wheelers bringing in the “goodies” to the white house.

  29. melikefootball says: Dec 26, 2011 11:28 AM

    Yea it looked like he was in such pain….probably from resting that HUGE cast on his hand or holding that smile on his face.

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