Troy Aikman remains concerned about Tony Romo’s back


When Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered a back injury at the end of the 2013 season, former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman said Romo’s bad back should concern the Cowboys. From all indications, Romo has made good progress in recovery. But Aikman remains concerned anyway.

Aikman told the Cowboys’ website that he doesn’t think a quarterback really knows if his back is strong enough to withstand the pounding of playing in the NFL until the season starts. Aikman knows that first hand, having had back surgery in his own NFL career.

“I came back in a relatively short period of time because of when I had my surgery, so he’s at least afforded more time to get ready,” Aikman said. “But having said that, two back surgeries in less than a year at his age, I would be a bit concerned. I’m hopeful that he’s able to come back – everybody is. This team won’t be the same if he’s not able to. I anticipate that he will come back. But to say that, ‘Hey, he’s ahead of schedule and everything’s going fine,’ I’m not sure how you can really measure that here in April.”

Aikman retired when he was 34, and Romo will turn 34 on Monday. Aikman has said his back injury played a significant role in forcing him to retire. The Cowboys still hope Romo has several good years left in him. But it’s easy to see why Aikman wonders just how healthy a 34-year-old quarterback coming off two back surgeries will be.

31 responses to “Troy Aikman remains concerned about Tony Romo’s back

  1. …and with the 78th pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select…? Zack Mettenberger.

  2. romo goes down in 3rd preseason game and they bring in vince young and trent Edwards for workouts

  3. No worries, you can still throw interceptions if your back hurts. Besides, ratings, not winning, is how the Cowboys measure success.

  4. Hopefully Romo comes back healthy, and the Cowboys draft a QB to be groomed to start in two years as Romo moves into the background.

  5. The Cowboys should go for a QB in the draft. Romo won’t make the season. He took a dive after his first big contract and the gave him another one which sanctions his poor play. He’s a has been and look for Dallas to get no better, but could be worse.

  6. Anyone remember the string of quarterbacks between Aikman and Romo? 8-8 will seem like a good thing. Try selling another decade of losing, Jerry. No amount of yes men and spin doctors will change that reality. It’s time Cowboys fans realize they’re being played.

  7. Aikman was able to retire at 34 because he had three rings and a lucrative TV career ahead of him. Romo doesn’t have that same resume, thus he doesn’t have the same future… all Tony has is cash. Look at the main analysts for the networks – they are Super Bowl participants and/or Hall of Fame members. (Even Collinsworth played in a Super Bowl.) Romo isn’t headed to television as a perennial 8-8 QB.

  8. Aikman and others have reason to be concerned. Will Romo’s back hold up to the demands of a 16 game season? Jerry has bet the Cowboys future on it by making Romo one of the highest paid QBs in the NFL recently. This may not go as planned.

  9. Romo has made a career of twisting and turning his back to avoid the rush. At least three times agains he does that twist move to roll to Gus left to get outta the rush I don’t care who you are you aren’t doing that fluidly any longer when you have back surgery. Just remember Jerry wasn’t worried about Spencer’s knee either they should be looking qb in this draft that’s for sure

  10. Paying Romo the incredible amount of money Jerry did when he is obviously showing the effects of years of poor offensive line play was a poor decision from a business but from a emotional stand point you could make the case he earned it. I can not see him going any where near making it thru a full 16 games. We better be looking for our next quarterback with the highest priority so that’s one more thing to try and budget. Jerry has spent his money for this team very poorly and the day of reckoning is here and it is going to get ugly.

  11. I hope Romo makes a complete come back. As far as Jerry Jones, He did it his way in the 90’s and it worked. I have faith that he will figure this thing out. Whether it be finding a GM or making smarter moves.

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