Last Monday, the league office told PFT that the NFL “will look into” whether the Cowboys failed to disclose a pre-existing back injury for quarterback Tony Romo.
As of this Monday, the investigation continues.
That’s possibly bad news for the Cowboys, given that these reviews often conclude quickly. Romo, regardless of whether he had a back problem entering the game, played the entire game — even after what technically may have been an aggravation of the injury.
Still, the Cowboys flagged the issue when owner Jerry Jones and Romo acknowledged the existence of the injury before the season-ending tweaking against Washington. Otherwise, no one would have known that there may have been some shenanigans.
Key questions will be whether Romo received treatment from the team for a back injury without a back injury being disclosed, and whether he reduced his practice time because of it.
If the league eventually determines that a violation occurred, the precedent set by the Brett Favre hidden biceps tendon injury back in 2008 suggests a parking-ticket fine of $75,000 for the Cowboys and perhaps $25,000 for owner/G.M. Jerry Jones and for coach Jason Garrett.
When it comes to the strategic advantage to be gained by concealing an injury to a franchise quarterback, it’s a small price to pay. Which suggests that, when a team is caught red-handed for lying about injuries, the price should be steeper.