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Romo wants to play but likely can’t

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As the Packers continue to wait for the green light to play their franchise quarterback who broke a collarbone seven weeks and one day ago, the Cowboys continue to project a belief that their franchise quarterback will be able to suit up Sunday night with a herniated disc in his back.

Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, Romo wants to play with a herniated disc but most likely can’t.

Maybe the Cowboys hold out hope for a miracle of the Christmas and/or Festivus variety.  Or maybe they want to inject a little doubt into Philly’s defensive preparations.  Or maybe the Cowboys doctors are more willing to tilt the risk-reward analysis toward letting Romo take a Toradol shot and play because in Dallas (unlike Green Bay) there’s an owner who can remind the doctors that if they get in the habit of not letting players play then the Cowboys may be getting in the habit of finding another doctor to doctor.

While the folks at ESPN acknowledge that the Cowboys have yet to officially shut down Romo, the report that he won’t play is as strong as it can be.  Until the Cowboys officially shut Romo down, however, it’s impossible to say with 100-percent certainty that he’s done.

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26 Responses to “Romo wants to play but likely can’t”
  1. medialovesthecowboys says: Dec 24, 2013 7:33 AM

    We need Willie Beamen.

  2. boogymanoflamancha says: Dec 24, 2013 7:34 AM

    Sure he’s starting, that’s why the cowboys are working out qb’s

  3. joetoronto says: Dec 24, 2013 7:36 AM

    He’s no Brett Favre, that’s for sure.

  4. kastout11 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:38 AM

    Cowboys with a smoke screen. Chip and the Eagles aren’t buying it. Romo will not be playing. Either way, the Eagles will win the game by a landslide.

  5. jimnaizeeum says: Dec 24, 2013 7:40 AM

    I don’t think Jerry would risk the career of his franchise qb for a slim, very slim, chance to make the playoffs.
    If so, he has less football smarts than I gave him credit for.

  6. denverdude7 says: Dec 24, 2013 7:42 AM

    Does it really matter one way or the other if Romo plays or not? If they win they will be one and done in the playoffs. If they lose the playoffs will certainly be more entertaining.

    The Cowboys are irrelevant and have been for years.

    U DA MAN JERRY !!!!!!!

  7. kwgator says: Dec 24, 2013 7:46 AM

    Tebow > Orton

  8. tvjules says: Dec 24, 2013 7:56 AM

    The Cowboys didn’t report his injury last week, and are now trying to put the genie back into the bottle with the NFL.

    As further evidence, after the game on Sunday, Garrett called it a “foot injury.”

    Slime

  9. hollymolley says: Dec 24, 2013 8:00 AM

    WOW !! And with an important game on the line. Looking for a back-up QB in week #17. Got to be ready for this coming Sunday night. Oh, and did I mention that The Philadelphia Eagles are coming to town…..

  10. mrbigass says: Dec 24, 2013 8:04 AM

    I still don’t get the supposed difficulty about defenses preparing for two different QB’s.

    If they assume that Orton is playing and Romo trots out on the field are they going to freak out? OMG, what do we do!!!! It’s not the one we expected!!!! We are doomed!!!!!

    Please……

  11. mail2bency says: Dec 24, 2013 8:21 AM

    Ok, so is this guy in or out? It’s getting ridiculous at this point.

  12. thegonz13 says: Dec 24, 2013 8:22 AM

    Yeah, but… but… but… Jerrah said he could play!

  13. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 24, 2013 8:23 AM

    So this is Christmas.

  14. meatcarroll says: Dec 24, 2013 8:35 AM

    Festivus is corny and Seinfeld was an overrated unfunny show.

  15. baltimorons says: Dec 24, 2013 8:48 AM

    Sorry. Seasons over. Maybe next year.

  16. seabreezes51 says: Dec 24, 2013 9:14 AM

    Instead of a 1-3 December, Tony Romo will end up at 1-2..the boys of cows will end up at 1-3

  17. tavisteelersfan says: Dec 24, 2013 9:19 AM

    Do you get the feeling that Jerry is jealous of all the attention Tampa got earlier in the season, then Miami monopolized it for a while, and of course those stinkin Reskins took over and no one was paying attention to Jerry. It wasn’t fair.

  18. mickmars says: Dec 24, 2013 9:24 AM

    This forces Dallas to a actually run the ball. Murray is a beast when given the chance. Eagles should not go into this thinking it’s going to be a cake walk,regardless of the fact that the Dallas defense couldn’t stop a 10 year old Pop Warner team. If they establish a running game and keep the Birds offense off of the field, you just never know……

  19. dcstinks says: Dec 24, 2013 9:50 AM

    We already knew he couldn’t play.. Thats why he wasn’t drafted.

  20. txstaff says: Dec 24, 2013 10:06 AM

    Bring in Vince Young. Why not?

  21. ijusth says: Dec 24, 2013 11:08 AM

    this is a spine we are talking about here. One bad hit and he is in serious trouble. look at the play where he was hurt. It was a trip and stumble and an awkward step. If that is enough to cause that injury imagine a big ole 320 lb sack happening

  22. bathroombenlovemachine says: Dec 24, 2013 11:23 AM

    The Eagles will dominate the classless Cowboys organization.

    The Eagles will win Super Bowl 48.

    Nick Foles is better than your quarterback.

  23. starderup says: Dec 24, 2013 12:27 PM

    The Alice Cowgirls are and will continue to be the sporadic mess they have been until Jerry Jones is gone.
    Who cares? Even when they were a decent team, they sucked. Nice cheerleaders, though. America’s Cheerleaders. That’s all, folks!

  24. bigben302013 says: Dec 24, 2013 12:29 PM

    If Dallas trots Romo out there against Trent Cole and that front seven then they truly don’t care about his long-term health!

  25. aldante66 says: Dec 24, 2013 12:45 PM

    If he has a herniated or bulging disc, he can barely stand up straight. When I had it I likened the pain to someone possibly stabbing me in the butt with a very sharp object. and that’s just half the pain, all the back muscles stiffin up and you can’t hardly move. Playing on Sunday? Get real. Laying on the couch is painful, everything is painful.

  26. aldante66 says: Dec 24, 2013 6:54 PM

    Play a guy with a herniated disc, a nerve running along it and a chance of paralysis buy even the smallist hit. I think its just smoke screen. Jerry can’t be that crazy.
    Jones must know if he lets the guy play and he gets permanently injured its on him. The league may run him out of town .

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