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Garrett continues to keep door open for Romo

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Three days after the first reports emerged that Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo won’t play again this season, coach Jason Garrett continues to refuse to rule him out for Sunday night’s Third Annual NFC East Championship game.

Kyle Orton has taken the reps the last couple days,” Garrett told the Philadelphia media on Thursday, via Reuben Frank of CSNPhilly.com.  “Tony Romo has not practiced.  John Kitna has been taking the scout-team reps.  We’ll see what Tony’s status is over the next couple days and what his availability is and proceed accordingly.”

Garrett was coy on the question of whether Romo’s back has improved since he injured it during Sunday’s win over the Redskins.  Romo finished the game after tweaking his back; both Romo and owner Jerry Jones suggested after the victory that Romo had a back injury entering the contest.

“I think he’s still trying to get better each and every day,” Garrett said.  “I think you’ll have to ask him specifically.  It probably comes and goes a little bit.  But he’s been in the facility the last couple days getting treatment and again, hopefully, it gets better as the week goes on.”

Teammate Jason Witten, who last year played in the season opener with an injured spleen despite being listed as doubtful, believes that Romo will do whatever he can to play.

“I know for a fact if there’s any way physically possible that he could do it, he’ll do it,” Witten said, via Frank.  “He’s shown it throughout his career.  Just the ultimate competitor, and I’ve never seen anything like it, the way he just continues to fight and find ways. . . .  If he’s able at all, if he has a chance, then I know he would be out there.”

On Friday, we’ll find out whether Romo was able to practice, and which label the Cowboys apply to him in advance of Sunday’s playoff play-in game:  out, doubtful, questionable, or probable.

Our guess?  Just like Witten for Week One of the 2012 season, Romo will be listed as doubtful for Week 17.

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45 Responses to “Garrett continues to keep door open for Romo”
  1. ripster65 says: Dec 26, 2013 8:30 PM

    LOL…how ’bout now?

  2. tolan04 says: Dec 26, 2013 8:31 PM

    As the door if him staying as the hc of the cowboys closes

  3. ripster65 says: Dec 26, 2013 8:32 PM

    Not a big Romo fan, but would hate to see him do permanent damage (if it’s not too late) by playing.

  4. normaneinstein7 says: Dec 26, 2013 8:42 PM

    Lloyd Christmas: So you’re telling me there’s a chance?

  5. ajgreenhof says: Dec 26, 2013 8:43 PM

    Romo Watch 2013!

  6. foreverbeachflorida says: Dec 26, 2013 8:48 PM

    Deja vu all over again. Remember Shanahan and RG3 last year? Is this any different? Except that Romo has the huge guaranteed contract, ergo, would be awfully surprised if the Cowboys risk letting him play. Wouldn’t be wise.

  7. 2difshoe says: Dec 26, 2013 8:59 PM

    You may dispute Romo’s QB play, but you just cannot dispute his toughness and will to win…unlike Rodgers.

    Bear fan

  8. josh4519 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:02 PM

    I know the Cowboys are a very easy to hate but I do feel bad for Romo sometimes, he seems like a genuinely nice guy and an awesome competitor who will do whatever it takes to play. Haven’t heard many team mates say bad things about him. Good luck to him and I hope he fully recovers from this.

  9. redfield11 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:06 PM

    From a coaching standpoint I wouldn’t rule anyone out until the last possible minute, why let the opponent know?

  10. ojdiddoit says: Dec 26, 2013 9:10 PM

    The Cowpokes melt down like a cheap candle. Foles extends Christmas through January. The whole state of Texas wishes they were Eagles fans and in their private lives bow down to the Eagles flag……

  11. steelcurtainn says: Dec 26, 2013 9:11 PM

    Dallas is done and so is romo.

  12. ojdiddoit says: Dec 26, 2013 9:11 PM

    The Cowpokes melt down like a cheap candle. Foles extends Christmas through January. The whole state of Texas wishes they were Eagles fans and in their private lives bow down to the Eagles flag.

  13. The Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 26, 2013 9:18 PM

    It seems pretty clear. Romo wil lplay and they have an excuse on hand for failing to make the playoffs — again.

  14. gdublud says: Dec 26, 2013 9:31 PM

    15 minutes after the 49ers beat the Falcons on MNF, this development in Dallas, EPSN has been shoving this Cowboys/Tony Romo/Jason Garrett down our throats. Just sign Tim Tebow already so ESPN & Twitter can meltdown.

  15. thegreatsantini56 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:39 PM

    I suppose Jason has never had this problem. If this is for the Eagles consumption, they do not seemed to be phased since they are planning for an immobile quarter-back in any event. I just hope for Tony’s sake that no stupid decisions are made. I’m sure more football games will be played at some point in the future. Green-Bay erred on the side of caution with Rodgers; it makes you wonder whose side the powers-that-be in Dallas are erring on.

  16. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:41 PM

    Orton is better than all of the Viking quarterbacks, and the Vikings destroyed the eagles. If I were a cowboy fan, I would not be worried.

  17. stonedwhitetrash says: Dec 26, 2013 9:48 PM

    Romo will start all this including signing Kitna is just another way for Jerry to play games

  18. ravenswhat says: Dec 26, 2013 9:49 PM

    So Jerry’s bear is in his ear about Romo even though everyone knows Romo is done. Dance Jason, dance.

    This is the kind of stuff a real coach won’t put up with and why Garrett will still have a job next year.

  19. keltictim says: Dec 26, 2013 9:52 PM

    They are not built for anything beyond a first round exit from the play offs why risk permanent damage a la rg3

  20. janvanflac says: Dec 26, 2013 9:56 PM

    Please. Even it it were safe for him to play, which it isn’t, the guy can barely walk, much less extend plays or step into his throws. Just a lame attempt to create confusion. No one is buying it.

  21. imaduffer says: Dec 26, 2013 9:56 PM

    Hope Dad didn’t get mad at Garrett for making comments through the media.

  22. stevenwilliams2013 says: Dec 26, 2013 9:58 PM

    Even if the Cowboys get into the playoffs they are not gonna go very far.

  23. herecomethebirds13 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:01 PM

    This Romo situation has turned into a circus….everybody is over it…the best team that shows up is going to win…period…end of story!!!

  24. kd75 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:03 PM

    Garrett should ask Romo to hold the door and watch him screw that up.

  25. otalibo says: Dec 26, 2013 10:07 PM

    Tony you know this is it I believe in you I know your back is sore I tell you the truth your offense of line they are going to make sure they going to protect you Sunday Romo it’s Cowboys time and you know it take those boys to the playoffs the Cowboys will never lay down for nobody defense let’s do it for your fans the the team do what you have to do to win this Game Let’s go Dallas Romo you are the man that can take you team to the promise land just play smart and you will be fine line hold up for him tall can do it yell been playing good all season long this is the big step Cowboys you didn’t come this far to give up now it’s yall turn play Ball and play like it’s no tomorrow Cowboys for Life Daniel Cromartie is Let’s go Dallas

  26. officialgame says: Dec 26, 2013 10:09 PM

    Let’s say the Cowboys are desperate and stupid enough to start Romo how do you think a guy with a herniated disc will fare? If I am the Eagles I rather face an injured Romo then a healthy Orton who at least gives you a fighting chance.

  27. boltbacker says: Dec 26, 2013 10:21 PM

    Just blowing smoke. No way he plays on Sunday.

  28. theuglitruth says: Dec 26, 2013 10:21 PM

    It’s sad how he holds out hope…poor guy can’t accept the truth.

  29. mungman69 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:30 PM

    He isn’t playing. End of story

  30. blackbeard43 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:40 PM

    This game is already a playoff game, winner continues and loser goes home…here’s hoping that Romo plays!

  31. arwiv says: Dec 26, 2013 10:48 PM

    As a Giants fan I detest the boys…like I do the eagles and skins…but I have always loved the rivalry of the 3 other NFC east teams….and I have always respected the opposing great players of said teams. If the boys put an injured Romo in this game and he seriously gets hurt, I will be disgusted. The boys are probably one and done even if they get to the dance….why chance the career….and the future physical ability….of a great QB for nothing? Sit Romo, play Orton, and hope for the best.

  32. jerrysglassescleaner says: Dec 26, 2013 10:49 PM

    The Future HOF Tony Romo will win against Philly with his presence either him playing or having the headset and having input on the play at hand. Thank god i’am a Dallas Cowboys fan. Our QB is the toughest no question.

    1.) T.Romo
    2.)P.Manning
    3.)R.Wilson
    4.)T.Brady

    In that order!

  33. jacobk621 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:50 PM

    This is really starting to get ridiculous !!!!

  34. haansel82 says: Dec 26, 2013 10:58 PM

    What a joke of a coach, smoke/mirrors maybe, but if Garrett pulls a Shanahan and plays Romo, he should be fired immediately.

  35. numberoneinthehoodg says: Dec 27, 2013 1:24 AM

    Liquor up front, Poker in the rear.

  36. randomguy9999 says: Dec 27, 2013 4:36 AM

    Romo won’t play anymore this season, he’ll last another 5+ years, and he’ll go out in the top 5 QB ratings of all time…..

    Jerry Jones will make him another Marino… blowing all his talent and never winning a SB

    I’m not a Cowboys fan, but you can’t deny that JJ kills that team every year.

  37. patsfan13 says: Dec 27, 2013 6:59 AM

    Sounds to me like the Cowboys don’t care about Romo’s future. He has a disc problem, and who’s to say it won’t rupture or worse?

  38. nokoolaidcowboy says: Dec 27, 2013 7:12 AM

    Sorry to see an athlete go out like this but Romo will never be the same again. Look at how many players have had to stop playing because of a disc herniation. Woodson comes to mind.

  39. richardmswartz says: Dec 27, 2013 7:33 AM

    So this organization would allow him to jeopordize his career by playing? If he plays with a bad back, the Cowboys will have less of a chance to win than they would with a healthy Orton playing. Orton’s quick release may be more effective than Romo’s extending the plays against the Eagles defense anyway. Meanwhile Philadelphia is preparing for Orton and hoping for a gimpy Romo.

    How did it work out for the Eagles when an injured Foles (groin) played against the Cowboys this past October?

  40. nflrule says: Dec 27, 2013 8:36 AM

    The offense is not the problem for Dallas.The pitiful defense will get lit up by the Eagles.DeMarcus Ware,anybody home????????

  41. gibson34 says: Dec 27, 2013 8:42 AM

    He will play and we crush the beagles….Romo’s legacy skyrockets up the charts as the toughest QB in NFL history.

    HOW BOUT THOSE COWBOYS!!!!

  42. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 27, 2013 8:47 AM

    It is good he’s holding the door open the man has a herniated disc in his back.

  43. hollymolley says: Dec 27, 2013 8:51 AM

    Out of respect for Mr. Don Meredith ” Dandy Don ” He was a Dallas Cowboy before there was a Dallas Cowboys team. Back in the Clint Murchison days. He sang the song ( The Party’s Over ) P.S. Dandy Don moved on December, 5th. 2010.

  44. dcstinks says: Dec 27, 2013 10:01 AM

    Top 5 QB’s in the league.

    1. Peyton
    2. Brady
    3. Brees
    4.Rodgers
    5.Wilson

    In that order.

    32. Romo ( hasnt won anything even a playoff game) and you think he is the best?? Wow, get real.

  45. dcstinks says: Dec 27, 2013 10:11 AM

    That’s your mama? Very nice. How are you? Take a good look at her. ‘Cause once you get on that bus, you ain’t got no mama no more. You got your brothers on the team, and you got your daddy. Now, you know who your daddy is, don’t you? Jason , if you want to coach this football team, you answer me when I ask you who is your daddy. Who’s your daddy, Jason? Who’s your daddy?

    You.

    Uh-huh. And whose team is this? Is this your team, or is this your daddy’s team?

    Yours.

    Mm-hmm. Get on the bus. Put your jacket on first and get on the bus.

    OK.

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