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Report: Romo receives epidural injection

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The smell of burning Christmas Eve candles suddenly has been blended with the whiff of impending ESPN-on-ESPN crime.

With Adam Schefter already reporting unequivocally that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo won’t play on Sunday night against the Eagles, Ed Werder and Todd Archer of ESPN now report that Romo has received an epidural injection to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in his injured back.  The Cowboys hope the treatment will allow him to play on Sunday night.

Obviously, if there was no chance Romo will play with the injury, there would be no reason to try to prepare Romo to play with the injury.

The delicate balance has been struck via an explanation from Werdcher that Romo is a “long shot” to play and that sources close to Romo still believe he won’t be able to play.

While Romo remains likely to miss the Third Annual NFC East Championship game, the latest ESPN report indicates it’s not quite the sure thing that the initial ESPN report predicted.

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89 Responses to “Report: Romo receives epidural injection”
  1. moerawn says: Dec 24, 2013 10:13 PM

    Now he can also give birth!

  2. artvandelay187 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:16 PM

    That was a gross headline.

  3. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Dec 24, 2013 10:17 PM

    I wonder if the folks at ESPN are using lanterns to communicate internally if Romo will be playing or not.

  4. cinvis says: Dec 24, 2013 10:17 PM

    You can explain this discrepancy quite simply with one fact. Reporters are scum. Reporters will take anyone’s word for it, if it is an interesting story. Reporters no longer verify anything, including quoting another reporters story without checking the facts themselves. Basically the courts have made it so difficult to prosecute a reporter for making something up, that there is no longer any reason for reporters to get stories right. Lawyers are worse.

  5. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 24, 2013 10:18 PM

    He should not do that. There is nothing safe sounding about what he is attempting.

  6. Lev says: Dec 24, 2013 10:19 PM

    So is it a boy or girl????

  7. tampabay94 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:20 PM

    Cowboys are done, ovens smokin.

  8. seatownballers says: Dec 24, 2013 10:24 PM

    Call it a season.
    Fire that defensive bad joke coordinator.
    Cut miles Austin.
    Draft all defense, starting with a safety.
    Tell Carr he’s taking a paycut.
    The 2014 coach needs to select players in the draft.
    Jerry needs to interview Gms not coaches.

  9. dccowboy says: Dec 24, 2013 10:25 PM

    epidural injections only relieve pain, they don’t reduce inflamation

  10. johnnyb216 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:26 PM

    Wow… Its almost like shanahan is at the helm.

  11. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 24, 2013 10:27 PM

    I’m not a doctor, and I have no inside information, but this has all the makings of a major catastrophe. You’ve got a coach and qb under tremendous pressure to prove themselves and an egotistical owner needing to validate his decisions.

    I really hope we don’t witness the ending of a promising career, or worse, on Sunday

  12. bert1913 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:28 PM

    romo can do anything! is he having a boy or a girl?

  13. Foremastjack says: Dec 24, 2013 10:29 PM

    An epidural steroid injection is not a trivial thing. It is typically the treatment to relieve inflammation cause by a herniated disc that is putting pressure on a nerve root or the spinal cord itself. I can’t imagine any doctor clearing him for duty since it usually takes 3 – 5 days before the shot begins to really take effect (sometimes up to 2 weeks) and only after that will the doctor know if other measures are needed to fix the issue i.e. surgery.

  14. bennyb82 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:30 PM

    This is too easy…

  15. jcg2822 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:32 PM

    Most of you might hate the guy but you can’t question his toughness.

  16. firecc says: Dec 24, 2013 10:32 PM

    Good things never come from the ESPN hype machine, never get your hopes up off of anything they say…

    See:
    Spurs will beat Miami Heat

  17. roth19 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:40 PM

    I bet Jerry Jones injected him.

  18. birdbrainsnj says: Dec 24, 2013 10:41 PM

    Of course there’s a reason besides playing. It’s called relieving pain and damaging inflammation ya tool!

  19. nceaglesfan says: Dec 24, 2013 10:43 PM

    Either way you look at it, it’s all smoke screen. I have a hard time believing Jerry could be that bright to create this diversion, but then again maybe he’s dumb enough to attempt to pull it off.

    Regardless. Boys D isn’t going to slow the Birds O to the point of another playoff shot. Sorry Dallas fans.

    Merry Christmas y’all
    Merry Christmas

  20. green18blue52 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:44 PM

    He WAS looking about 8 months pregnant in that Christmas card photo. Just sayin.

  21. phillyphannnn83 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:48 PM

    Endless entertainment.

  22. nceaglesfan says: Dec 24, 2013 10:49 PM

    It’s all smoke screen. Don’t believe Jerry’s bright enough to dream it up, so I don’t see Romo playing.

    Mute point. Boys D can’t slow the Birds O enough to claim a victory. Rest all off season Tony.

    Merry Christmas y’all

  23. chaddukesthebuttpirate says: Dec 24, 2013 10:52 PM

    based on the eye test on both teams’ recent games ( Philly and Dallas ) whether he plays or not doesn’t seem to matter based on outcome.

  24. blackngold4life says: Dec 24, 2013 10:53 PM

    Herniated disk?? How many players have played with that?

  25. bspurloc says: Dec 24, 2013 10:59 PM

    Pain meds dont resolve this pain. The nerves being pinched control your legs, to be more exact these control your thigh muscle…
    If he keeps doing what he is doing he will pinch the nerves more and lose the use of 1 or both legs.
    He is not coming back this year.
    I just recently went thru this. it is no fun when your brain cant tell your legs what to do.

  26. uncletuna says: Dec 24, 2013 11:08 PM

    Romo went into labor?!?

  27. crabtrap says: Dec 24, 2013 11:11 PM

    Is it a boy or girl?

  28. 25cuts says: Dec 24, 2013 11:11 PM

    Yea Dallas put in a hobbled romo and expose him to some big hits. From a philly fan, please do it.

  29. bigdan7885 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:12 PM

    Epidural? What is he, pregnant? hahahhahahahahhahahaha #goeagles

  30. andreweac says: Dec 24, 2013 11:15 PM

    Sounds like ESPN is just like Jerry Jones — totally confused about everything in life.

  31. gooboy6 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:18 PM

    Getting an epidural injection doesn’t necessarily mean that that is the treatment ” getting him ready to play”.
    It’s what EVERYBODY does when they have herniated disc. He’s done for season and there is a chance hell never be the same. If he was smart, he’d take his millions and hang it up now

  32. northshorejag says: Dec 24, 2013 11:20 PM

    Oh boy, here come the jokes.

  33. stopdk12 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:22 PM

    of course… he needs it in order to “give birth” to another extra long off season.

  34. natijim235 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:22 PM

    wtf is he pregnant?

  35. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 24, 2013 11:23 PM

    ESPN would report anything you told… Or I told ‘em… Or anybody told them…. No verification required, just be 1st to break the story!! What a circus

  36. zappaisgod says: Dec 24, 2013 11:29 PM

    A total BS story to cover for Romo. Every time he has a big game he always has some previously unreported ailment/flu/ebola affliction that he fought thru.

    I hope he plays and Cole does rupture something.

  37. footballisking says: Dec 24, 2013 11:30 PM

    Is this going to be similar to a few years back when he had an alledged “hole in his lung” that magically healed in like 5 minutes…..Jerry is working overtime this week putting it out that his qb might have a herniated disc but is taking an epidural and is going to be superman and play, “So please give us a pass when we lose Sunday and dont ridicule me for the blank check I gave him”

  38. therealsmiley says: Dec 24, 2013 11:32 PM

    No one can question his toughness and that play last week was clutch (it’s still painful). Hail!

  39. jakethesnake57 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:39 PM

    How is it that Schefter could report Romo definitely out for next week when he didn’t even get an MRI and complete evaluation until the following day. Reporters trip all over themselves to to be the first to report a scoop and constantly report inaccurate information. Well done ESPN!

  40. ttommytom says: Dec 24, 2013 11:50 PM

    If you’re getting an epidural, you should be having a baby not playing tackle football.

    He is one hit from having a very bad back forever. It’s a tough road living day to day let alone working, let alone working in the NFL.

    As a Giants fan (bigger fan of the human race) I hope The Golfer gets better before it gets worse.

  41. mungman69 says: Dec 24, 2013 11:58 PM

    What a zoo. Smoke and mirrors.

  42. cali49er707 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:11 AM

    I’m off that good kush & alcohol.

    Merry Christmas everybody!!

    Go 9ERS!!!

  43. pound30 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:23 AM

    Shocking. Instead of trying to be accurate they decided to try to be the first to ‘break’ the story. Seems to be its obvious he is not definitely out. Even if he doesn’t play on Sunday we can say they were too quick to report something that was not true. I liked Ditka’s questioning on MNF about the report and how it could be. The other guys were straight forward that they back their reporters which I think they should but Ditka at least seemed to have some sort of question about it.

  44. msclemons67 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:34 AM

    So it’s true. Romo IS pregnant.

  45. bearshaterseverywhere says: Dec 25, 2013 12:40 AM

    I wonder what she will name the baby? maybe Jerry, in honor of the worst owner in the history of the world. Merry Xmas, Romo….should have suck with Golf, bro. Good luck.

  46. calicowboysfan86 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:45 AM

    Oh Jesus, let the pregnancy jokes fly…

  47. calizcowboyz says: Dec 25, 2013 12:48 AM

    dont need romo to SWEEP this division!
    we already beat chip douglas once, the machine keeps rolling. just ask the giants and skins eh.
    facts are facts.

  48. calizcowboyz says: Dec 25, 2013 12:50 AM

    just run the ball and short passes. let your studs and witten on the outside beat em.
    just need a bus driver, not an all pro under center to beat the SHEgals YET AGAIN!

  49. calizcowboyz says: Dec 25, 2013 12:54 AM

    witten murray dez williams austin beasley quick screens and a running game = eagles doom!

    hey beagles how will it feel to get beat yet again by an injury riddled team! facts hurt much? keep running that mouth, cause it helped the giants and skins sooooo much! LMAO! just another notch in our gun!

  50. benh999 says: Dec 25, 2013 12:55 AM

    To make it easier to lay an egg on the field on Sunday.

  51. kd75 says: Dec 25, 2013 1:00 AM

    Why would you play Romo in a do-or die game?

    Hasn’t the guy proven that he sux and can’t get it done when it matters? Isn’t that a fact at this point???

  52. justintuckrule says: Dec 25, 2013 1:03 AM

    I wish romo was on another team so I could actually root for him.

  53. pocketcow says: Dec 25, 2013 1:23 AM

    I didn’t realize he was so close to giving birth. Congratulations Romo!!!

  54. blynch67 says: Dec 25, 2013 1:32 AM

    If it is correct that he just received an epidural, then he isn’t going to play because this indicates that he might have pretty acute injury. They give epidurals to relieve the pain from a bulging disk. Although relief is usually almost immediate, playing a contact sport in not recommended.

  55. redfield11 says: Dec 25, 2013 1:45 AM

    By the way you could just go to the cowboys website or nfl.com (or even profootballtalk earlier this week) to find out Romo isn’t being ruled out yet.

  56. discosucs2005 says: Dec 25, 2013 1:57 AM

    Has anyone seen The Lord of the Rings? You know that scene where they light the torch from Gondor to Rohan? That’s actually footage of ESPN communicating Cowboy related news.

  57. lanman11 says: Dec 25, 2013 2:22 AM

    He took the epidural for pain, but there is no way he’s playing until this is fixed. The disc can rupture completely and his career will be over, or it can fragment and float in the spinal canal and be a major pain, or it can slip and damage the nerves permanently. Since he was limping it is likely one of the lower lumbar discs. The nerve bundles down there control lots of neat things like bowel control and sexual function. He’s a wealthy man with many years to live. There is no changing that. Why would he risk it all to play one regular season game, which if he wins means he has to play (risk) another high intensity game the following week, all with litle chance to advance to the big game. If he loses the game, it’s just another big game loss on his resume. Nobody will remember he was hurt. Nobody will fault him for sitting out and nobody will get to hurt him either. It’s a win-win to not play. He has no chance to come out on top with that defense. Hang it up and get well.

  58. afcdomination says: Dec 25, 2013 3:00 AM

    a back injury can ruin your life* not just your football career. play it safe man, do not do this.

  59. afcdomination says: Dec 25, 2013 3:02 AM

    kyle orton is a capable QB. he just took the money to be a backup and had no real interest in being an NFL Starter. that is fine, most would be happy making millions on a bench, but he can indeed play.

    its not like they are throwing in a really piss poor QB here, Orton is not Brady Quinn, he actually played well when he last started in KC. he isn’t tony romo, but for week 17 start you need to win and even the playoff run he isn’t a bad option at all

  60. axespray says: Dec 25, 2013 4:33 AM

    32nd ranked Defense.

    Don’t bother – let the fans/media see just how bad the cowboys really are.

    They won’t be whining about 4th qt meltdowns after seeing the team looking like the jaguars or something.

  61. captrtp says: Dec 25, 2013 4:59 AM

    Does not matter who plays Qb for Dallas. The D fense is swiss cheese. The Eagles will hang 50 on them. They have no chance. Why risk your Qb s health or career. Ask Shannahan how that worked out for RGIII .

  62. floratiotime says: Dec 25, 2013 5:47 AM

    They’re also trying a new anti-choking serum on him too.

  63. tvjules says: Dec 25, 2013 6:27 AM

    If he had an epidural, the pain was so severe, he likely couldn’t even sleep. No way does he play.

  64. buddypuddy says: Dec 25, 2013 7:19 AM

    I had a herniated disc once and while what Romo is doing is valiant, he’s setting himself up for long-term harm if he plays. Herniated discs cause nerve damage in the legs and I don’t see how he can really overcome that.

  65. lawyermalloy says: Dec 25, 2013 7:24 AM

    If he attempts to play with a herniated disk, he’s an idiot!

  66. billyswagger says: Dec 25, 2013 8:00 AM

    What a vote of confidence this all must be to Kyle Orton.

  67. jjbadd385 says: Dec 25, 2013 8:09 AM

    Don’t do it Romo! You don’t have to risk your health to prove anything! You’re a football player, but you are also a man 1st, take care of yourself.

  68. gpete1962 says: Dec 25, 2013 8:10 AM

    Tony’s got 50 millions reasons to start his golf career earlier than he expected!!

  69. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Dec 25, 2013 8:43 AM

    Adam really went out on a limb with this one.
    One game left injured back yes season most likely over. SMH.

  70. mizzousooner says: Dec 25, 2013 8:48 AM

    dccowboy says: Dec 24, 2013 10:25 PM

    epidural injections only relieve pain, they don’t reduce inflamation

    ______________________________________

    Uh, it depends on what they are injecting him with. The epidural shots I get in the spine are for the express purpose of relieving inflammation, which in turn relieves pain.

    He he plays Sunday under his current condition he’ll regret it and after he does eventually have surgery, his recovery period will be longer. There’s also a good chance that by playing week 17 that he could worsen the injury and possibly make the long term ramifications more severe.

    I’d guess that by shutting it down now he can get by with a laminectomy and forestall a fusion procedure till later down the road.

    This will play hell with his golf swing.

  71. jbeagles23 says: Dec 25, 2013 8:49 AM

    Didn’t another NFC east team start a qb late last season when he was clearly injured and shouldn’t have played? Which has clearly led to him not being healthy this whole season. That Dallas d can’t stop the eagles offence this game is already over

  72. doctorart2013 says: Dec 25, 2013 8:56 AM

    Jerry Jones is just trying to manipulate the situation as he does for everything, if he has a really bad back injury, the Cowboys would be risking Romo’s well being for the rest of his life if they put him out there. The Eagles will be bringing it for 60 minutes with no regard for Romo’s long range health, and the Cowboys know that.

  73. randomguy9999 says: Dec 25, 2013 9:04 AM

    jcg2822 says:

    Most of you might hate the guy but you can’t question his toughness.
    ————————————————–

    yeah I don’t like him, but Romo definitely is no joke on toughness…

    Romo is tied with Brady on lifetime rating…

    Imagine what would have been possible with real coaches that weren’t cowed by JJ, a real GM, real receivers that weren’t throwing hissy fits, and real pass protection…

    Romo is the unluckiest QB in NFL history

  74. officialgame says: Dec 25, 2013 9:09 AM

    Knowing how hurt Romo was how bad are the Redskins?

  75. bigbadal21 says: Dec 25, 2013 9:42 AM

    No doctor is going to give the ok for Romo to play. It is not up to Romo or Jones to let him play. This whole thing is moot.

  76. hollymolley says: Dec 25, 2013 9:42 AM

    As you may ( or not ) know, the officials discuss ( with both teams ) how the game will be officiated. I.E. strict enforcement or let them play. All of you see this at every game. ( not the meeting, but how the game is officiated ). So Dallas will argue that Tony will be playing but is tender and will need the officials extra protection. That;’s well and good. BUT the Eagles will also present the case that the game must be played as designed, and hitting and or intimidating the opposing teams QB is part of said game. Again, well and good. So it follows that either by way of Tony’s attempts to play by way of hand offs and quick passes or by way of contact with defenders only bad things can happen. It appears that the prudent thing to do will be to NOT PLAY Tony. Ready him for next season ( if possible ). Playing the back-up will relieve the Cowboys of excessive QB protection and allow them to play there best game.
    and to further complicate things, the foremost thing to keep in mind, for Dallas is that…….. The Philadelphia Eagles are coming to town…….

  77. justintuckrule says: Dec 25, 2013 9:51 AM

    When two teams famous for their choking collide, who wins this irresistible force vs immovable object game?

  78. oldbyrd says: Dec 25, 2013 10:55 AM

    Jerry Jones is a moron if lets Romo play. We are talking about his life. I am an Eagles fan but, Romo is good people. Get better Romo. Don’t risk a catastrophic injury.

  79. brettfavresmidget says: Dec 25, 2013 11:13 AM

    An epidural? Totally confirms my suspicions.

  80. vegaskid21 says: Dec 25, 2013 11:14 AM

    Glad I wasn’t the only one to think Romo was prevent after reading the title!

  81. melikefootball says: Dec 25, 2013 11:31 AM

    Two things how can the NFL with all there talk of safety allows this and why would the Cowboys possibly end a career by giving shots to hide the pain.

  82. rwhite76 says: Dec 25, 2013 11:47 AM

    I’m so surprised by the number of these people in this country that have no clue that an epidural can be used for something other than pregnancy… Please people educate yourself first! Must be Eagle fans! LOL

  83. circuspeanut202 says: Dec 25, 2013 11:50 AM

    Oh God NO!! I sure hope that he doesn’t end up with ARACHNOIDITIS!! Epidural Steroid Injections/ESI’s cause scar tissue to grow on the spine & cause unbelievable pain. If any of you people reading this are told by your Dr. you need to have one of these, GET UP & LEAVE while you can still walk.. I know lots of people that their pain is so bad they are in a wheelchair. Some even commit Suicide!! Ladies, don’t have an Epidural for childbirth.. It can cause severe problems besides the pain. It can cause you to have horrible pain in the saddle area (pelvic) plus loss of all bowel control!! Most people have to self-catheter just to be able to expel urine.. Don’t believe me, look Arachnoiditis up on the Internet..

  84. gasolinejt says: Dec 25, 2013 12:59 PM

    Arachnoiditis can be caused by epidural injections that were done improperly. I think Tony Romo probably has a pretty good doctor.

  85. bruiserbrigade says: Dec 25, 2013 1:28 PM

    The toughest QB in the league, and I’m a Cards fan.

  86. bobhamiltonchicago says: Dec 25, 2013 4:12 PM

    If Kyle Orton starts, the Cowboys will beat the Eagles. If Romo starts or plays, the Cowboys will lose.

  87. eagleseagleseagles says: Dec 25, 2013 4:21 PM

    honestly, cowboys would have to be so dumb to put him in a game this year. For all those critics out there, Romo is an elite QB playing on a bad team with a horrible GM and a subpar coach. His 31/10 TD: Int ratio ranks up there and he has one reliable receiver in Dez Bryant and a TE in Witten. I still say a healthy Orton is better than an injured Romo #dontriskRomoscareer #comingfromaneaglesfan

  88. asullivan007 says: Dec 25, 2013 7:04 PM

    The cowboys siging Kitna tells me that Romo will not play and if he does it will be short. Orton is good enough to play if he has been doing his homework on the sidelines and playbook. Well at least Murray will run it more this way to keep the Eagles Offence off the field. But we still have too score points. As for Tony I am a Tony guy I believe in him he has been the best QB since Troy. Romo just has not had a steady crew without the owner/Gm screwing it up. Romo get well see you next year, because The Jone’s Family Circus is going to be around for sometime! I would have pick up Tebow probably would of known just as much as Orton on the play book and adding alot more for the team but the Jones don’t work that way!!!!!!!!!

  89. macjacmccoy says: Dec 25, 2013 7:17 PM

    Wow my doctor must really think very highly of me and my dad’s ability to be pro athletes, because he has given both of us epidurals after back and neck injuries. While also giving them to us biyearly for pain maintenance. It must be because he thinks we can go pro, because its not like a normal thing doctors do for an average everyday person off the street who injuries their spine.

    No, No, you’re right, it has to be because he believes in our athletic prowess, it definitely isnt routine. Right? Right.

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