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Romo already home after back surgery

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On Friday morning, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent back surgery.  By Friday night, he was home.

Peter King of told the story of Romo’s injury and eventual surgery on Friday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.  Per King, Romo already is home after undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disc.

King explained that Romo had both a bad back and a fever after Sunday’s win over the Redskins.  Only three-plus weeks after beating the Raiders with the flu, Romo once again had flu-like symptoms.

Far more importantly, he had a back problem that has ended his season.

Here’s the clip from the show, featuring King’s explanation of the nuts and bolts resulting in Romo’s decision to undergo a surgical procedure only five days after he finished a game with the injury.

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54 Responses to “Romo already home after back surgery”
  1. Eli on Injured Reserve says: Dec 27, 2013 10:51 PM

    In the picture, it looks like he was just waiting for his BFF, Jason Witten, to come up behind him to help straighten him out.

  2. joey49er says: Dec 27, 2013 10:52 PM

    This guy gets toooooo much credit!!!!! What has he done to deserve this much credit??? 1 Freakin playoff win in 10 yrs!!!!! Are u kidding me…

  3. seatownballers says: Dec 27, 2013 10:52 PM

    So he’s questionable for Sunday’s game?

  4. derekgorgonstar says: Dec 27, 2013 11:04 PM

    Nobody gives him toooooooooooo much credit, you halfwit. His poor performance in big games is well-documented.

    You have to acknowledge that he wants to win, and plays hurt, often, to do so.

    The guy is tougher than a three dollar steak.

  5. Eli on Injured Reserve says: Dec 27, 2013 11:05 PM

    King explained that Romo had both a bad back and a fever after Sunday’s win over the Redskins.

    Other injuries to note in Tony’s Finest Hour were a hang-nail, thighs chaffing (he forgot to get his normal Brazilian Waxing before the game) and 2nd & 3rd degree burns from rescuing an old lady and her 58 cats from a burning building on the way to the game.

    He was also reported to be a little light headed due to donating 2 gallons of blood the night before and insisting on helping feed the homeless strippers at their shelter that morning.

    Tony’s my hero.

  6. tinopuno says: Dec 27, 2013 11:06 PM

    When is Tony finally going to be awarded the Civilian Congressional Medal of Honor? It’s obviously long overdue!

  7. bspurloc says: Dec 27, 2013 11:07 PM

    but but Jerrah says he may start this week…

  8. bdawkhit says: Dec 27, 2013 11:09 PM

    Numerology for 5 Super Bowls we keep hearing about: Years: 42, 36, 21, 20, 18. Days: 6570. Hours: 157,680, Minutes: 9,460,800, Seconds: 567,648,000.

    Likely to be another 500 Million Seconds before another Super Bowl is won. Enjoy.

  9. MichaelEdits says: Dec 27, 2013 11:14 PM

    One playoff win doesn’t impress me. Tebow has one of those.

  10. bjennings2013 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:14 PM

    Well you start getting credit by being the starting QB for the NFL’s wealthiest franchise. Then you add in 3 pro-bowl selections. Numerous passing records set for the franchise. And then end it with holding the #5 all time passer rating. To put it in perspective, John Elway ranks 66th and Troy Aikman ranks 46th. Good QBs do NOT win Lombardi Trophies, however great teams do! Tony Romo is a very good QB. I can only imagine what this franchise would have done in the past 8 years if the rest of the team would have played up to his level. School is out!

  11. gosfvr says: Dec 27, 2013 11:15 PM

    Romo has always been great at the heroics. Not so much as the steady, game managing part of the game.

    That being said, to play in that excruciating pain against the (namecannotbementioned)skins was worthy of high praise.
    Get well soon, the NFL does need characters (in thenicest possible sense) like you.

  12. bjennings2013 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:22 PM

    Well you start getting credit by being the starting QB for the NFL’s wealthiest franchise. Then you add in 3 pro-bowl selections. Numerous passing records set for the franchise. And then end it with holding the #5 all time passer rating. To put it in perspective, John Elway ranks 66th and Troy Aikman ranks 46th. Good QBs do NOT win Lombardi Trophies, however great teams do! Tony Romo is a very good QB. I can only imagine what this franchise would have done in the past 8 years if the rest of the team would have played up to his level. School is out!

  13. yevrag3535 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:23 PM

    That is common for this type of procedure. What is the big deal, he is a grown man and is getting better care than you and I. Wish him luck, he’ll be alright, it happens everyday.

  14. croghan1919 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:26 PM

    For Romo to have SPINE surgery 5 days after the injury and a coupke of days before the most important game of his teams season, I have got to think that the doctors thought it was serious.
    As in quality of LIFE serious.
    The dude had a hard time walking in the 4th quarter.
    He can play on my team anytime
    and I am NOT a Dallas fan.

  15. phillybirds22 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:35 PM

    Would have been nice to end his season on our terms but it will be just as satisfying see Jerry Jones botoxed face cry all the way home after the EAGLES blow the doors of off the Cowboys …..Philly allll day 43-10

  16. ericn42000 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:36 PM

    The rest of the team will be home Sunday night after the game is over also!!

  17. woodrree7 says: Dec 27, 2013 11:40 PM

    Too much credit?? Really? for what? he gets too much blame if anything! The Cowboys wouldn’t even be sniffing the playoffs or a division title if it wasn’t for Romo. If that Defense was even a middle of the pack defense, the Cowboys would have at lest 3-4 more wins. but they can’t make a stop to save their lives!! Oh and real funny jerkwad about that whole “bending over” comment was stupid and juvenile!

  18. carpi2 says: Dec 28, 2013 12:13 AM

    A mircodiscectomy is an outpatient procedure; so why is Romo returning home newsworthy?

  19. nflwatcher says: Dec 28, 2013 12:32 AM

    I think the Cowboys were premature putting Romo on season ending IR. If wakes up Sunday morning feeling better he should give it a go.

  20. nfcbeast21 says: Dec 28, 2013 12:42 AM

    ESPN Headline on Monday: “once again romo doesn’t show up in a big game.”

  21. 25cuts says: Dec 28, 2013 1:04 AM

    In reality, he’s a top 10 qb. And that should be enough to win a super bowl. However, Dallas is a circus with terrible coaches and jerrah. At least jerrah will be able to tee off soon. And Garrett is like a robot, will u show some emotion or attitude? I hope jerrah keeps Garrett there for a long time.

  22. squatcho says: Dec 28, 2013 1:04 AM

    Great performance last week Romo! You gave the Cowboys a chance to win the NFC East despite of how horrible the defense has played, hopefully the Cowboys will win.

  23. chris11le says: Dec 28, 2013 1:04 AM

    He’s already back at home, he’ll be starting Sunday night!

  24. palecollegedude says: Dec 28, 2013 1:13 AM

    “By Friday night, he was home.”

    Looks like he’ll get to go home a week earlier than his teammates will around this time every year.

  25. jonbeck316 says: Dec 28, 2013 1:13 AM

    It’s a good thing the operating surgeon didn’t choke like Tony does in the big moments. Get well soon. The NFL just isn’t the same without your season-ending interceptions.

  26. bruno1433 says: Dec 28, 2013 1:26 AM

    When he gets a super bowl he wil have done as much as peyton so whats your point cuz numbers mean nothing. So what’s he done played and won a game with a puntured lung and fractured ribs and he finish the season did not miss a game. Played the raiders game with the flu and just got done beating the redskin with a herniated disk in his back.

  27. bruno1433 says: Dec 28, 2013 1:30 AM

    And also what credit are you even talking about only time he gets talked about is if he make a mistake they talk about for a month when he does something good it a one day story this freaking team would not even be play for anything evey season and especially this season if it was not for romo.

  28. eastwoodchair says: Dec 28, 2013 1:38 AM

    Jerruh sez he’ll be ready for the pro bowl !

  29. atchick says: Dec 28, 2013 1:40 AM

    Not surprising he is home already. Back surgeries, like many other surgeries have become same day procedures in out patient surgery centers. Just because he plays for the Cowboys doesn’t change this. No news here.

  30. eastwoodchair says: Dec 28, 2013 1:46 AM

    lil steveie jones sez “my daddy was in the office day after botox, tony will be ready, too”

  31. bluefunk72 says: Dec 28, 2013 2:10 AM

    Jerry will get him on the field Sunday night!!!

  32. thetooloftools says: Dec 28, 2013 3:05 AM

    I knew a women who gave birth and met clients 2 hours later. Why is Tony a God? They have a better chance without him.

  33. strongmackn says: Dec 28, 2013 4:37 AM

    He wouldve been back home after week 17 anyhow. Just starting his offseason a week early.

  34. seanb20124 says: Dec 28, 2013 6:27 AM

    Eli on injured reserve Your comment is hateful towards gays. If you had a hit TV Show on A&E yu would be suspended. Jaja

  35. eagleswin says: Dec 28, 2013 7:22 AM

    According to Jerry Jones Romo will be back at practice this afternoon and Garrett expects him to start tommorrow.

  36. buckethead1 says: Dec 28, 2013 7:53 AM

    Probable for Sunday night…

  37. hollymolley says: Dec 28, 2013 7:58 AM

    Alright already, that’s enough. Like the intro song says; waited all week for Sunday night, well ” nuff said, play ball”

  38. fordmandalay says: Dec 28, 2013 7:58 AM

    The Cowboys still list him as ‘probable’ for Sunday. Jerreh Jones is pushing Romo to suck it up and play, after all his ego and money is at stake, and that’s the important thing here.

  39. acpappas says: Dec 28, 2013 8:08 AM

    Poor Jerry. Another year he may not be able to host a playoff game at Jerry’s World


  40. mungman69 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:09 AM

    Orton > Romo

  41. jpk6044 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:17 AM

    Probably has a tee time on Monday.

  42. flaccogreatestever says: Dec 28, 2013 8:21 AM

    I think the cowboys may have just gotten the jolt they needed to wake up. I see this team going fairly deep into the playoffs with Jon Kitna at the helm.

  43. speedlimit41 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:24 AM

    Rest up Romo,Cowboys gonna need ya next year buddy

  44. yarguy says: Dec 28, 2013 8:31 AM

    So if you decided Thursday night you needed back surgery how likely would you be to have it done Friday morning?

  45. tory707 says: Dec 28, 2013 8:39 AM

    Totally agree. He has done nothing. As has the team. Bottom dwellers again

  46. officialgame says: Dec 28, 2013 8:42 AM

    Dallas is built around Romo and a couple of star playmakers. GM JJ forgets that the game is won in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Dallas stinks in the trenches. They say you build a team from the inside out but Jerry does it the opposite way over paying his so called stars and leaving little money to pay the grunts.

  47. billsfansinceday1 says: Dec 28, 2013 9:01 AM

    This quick a return home indicates what sort of procedure was done and what prognosis for his future condition ? Very poor reporting on this aspect.

  48. alshonbrandontandem says: Dec 28, 2013 10:08 AM

    Quincy Carter > Romo (& Carter sucked, remember)

  49. sammievee says: Dec 28, 2013 10:09 AM

    If Dallas Cowboys had a sense of humor they would now list Romo as “questionable” for Sunday’s game.

  50. tvjules says: Dec 28, 2013 10:11 AM

    You can’t help but wonder how successful Romo would have been if he’d had a coach like Belichick, Dungy, Arians, or Reid.
    Instead, he’s been stuck with perhaps one of the most incompetent head coach/GM combos in the league.

  51. aldante66 says: Dec 28, 2013 12:08 PM

    Having had a wife who was a Neuro RN for 25 years at Mayo, I knew they get you up the next day and force you to walk, but going home the same day?
    We thought we heard he had a less invasive procedure using a lazer. That too is impressive.
    I just wonder down the road if he can play again. That will be the test considering his job is all about twisting the spine as you throw.
    Wish him the best.

  52. ojdiddoit says: Dec 28, 2013 1:46 PM

    He is a hell of a qb,tough as nails,with one of the quickest releases ive ever seen,there are dozens of guys in this league who fall way short of Romos talent and toughness starting at qb ,who don’t catch half the flack this guy does…and im a die hard Eagle fan

  53. blynch67 says: Dec 28, 2013 3:12 PM

    IF he had a diskectomey, where they remove the part of a herniated disk, like I just had, he would be able to go home the same day.

    I stayed one night, and I was able to walk within a few hours. I needed a morphine drip once I woke up in the recovery room, but I was really surprised how little pain there was. I needed Percodan for the surgical site for about a week. I just had my staples removed on Thursday.

    If it was a ‘simple’ disckectomy (no fusion hardware or cutting of bone), TR probably has a 3″ incision and at least 15 staples (not stitches) in his back, and should have minimal pain. He’ll be able to walk normally, but any kind of normal physical effort will be taboo for at least 8 weeks. I would imagine that football is probably forgettaboutit.

    I think TR is one of the better QB’s in the league, and it’s too bad that he’s been stuck on these lousy Cowboys teams. The GM is a fool, and he’s really handicapped that team. For sake of argument, if TR were playing for the Pats, Broncos or Packers, we’d all have a much different take on his career.

    Good luck on your recovery, Tony!

    (Giants Fan)

  54. carpi2 says: Dec 28, 2013 9:56 PM

    People, who think Romo is playing this Sunday, are completely delusional and have zero clue how the human body works.

    I can only imagine the amount of force that is transmitted through the lumbar discs, when Romo gets driven to the ground by a 270 lbs defensive end; but I can imagine a reherniation is almost an absolute certainty.

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