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Tony Romo leaves game after just three plays with apparent back injury

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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo left Thursday night’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks after just three plays after being sacked from behind by defensive end Cliff Avril.

Romo stepped forward in the pocket and escaped pressure to his left while Avril closed from Romo’s backside. Romo began to slide as Avril chased him down and was caught in an awkward position as the two players went to the ground.

Romo immediately reached for his lower back area and was tended to be the Cowboys’ training staff being walking off the field under his own power.

Dak Prescott replaced Romo at quarterback upon his exit from the game.

Romo has not left the Cowboys sideline and is throwing passes during Seattle’s opening possession.

Romo completed his only pass – an 11-yard slant to Terrence Williams – before being hurt on the third snap of the game.

UPDATE 10:40 p.m. ET: Romo has not returned to the game and multiple on-field reporters have said it’s a coach’s decision to keep him on the sidelines.

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68 Responses to “Tony Romo leaves game after just three plays with apparent back injury”
  1. eljefedelmundo says: Aug 25, 2016 10:18 PM

    Pre season is EVIL!

  2. profootball13 says: Aug 25, 2016 10:19 PM

    Dallas’s season is Over…….

  3. babyjunkie says: Aug 25, 2016 10:21 PM

    I’m surprised it took this long for him to get hurt.

  4. arrogantnation says: Aug 25, 2016 10:22 PM

    From a Giants fan, I feel bad for the guy. Hope it’s not serious.

  5. herkiethehawk says: Aug 25, 2016 10:23 PM

    he would of missed one series if it were not preseason

  6. folkcrusader says: Aug 25, 2016 10:24 PM

    Get used to this Dak.

  7. jonathankrobinson424 says: Aug 25, 2016 10:24 PM

    …..everybody can see he’s body is breaking down….time to see the future in Dak…..

  8. igotgamenj says: Aug 25, 2016 10:24 PM

    well that didn’t take long

  9. raven4531 says: Aug 25, 2016 10:26 PM

    Done Son!

    I feel for him. Back injuries are no joke!

    Get well Tony and think about your future after football.

  10. jrossizzle says: Aug 25, 2016 10:27 PM

    Let the Dak Dynasty begin

  11. patriot420blog says: Aug 25, 2016 10:27 PM

    He should just retire. he can’t stay healthy

  12. wolverineinnc says: Aug 25, 2016 10:31 PM

    Sounds to me like Prescott could be as good or better than Romo, so no biggie I guess. Kind of hate to see the guy get hurt again so early in the year though because it’s fun to beat him every how and then. Any bets on how far he lasts in the regular season?

    Go Skins and Pats!

  13. gopblows says: Aug 25, 2016 10:32 PM

    Vick!

  14. lemmetalkwouldya says: Aug 25, 2016 10:32 PM

    Romo’s back is a mess, but the good news is his collarbone survived 😉

  15. MichaelEdits says: Aug 25, 2016 10:32 PM

    No, that’s not me you hear laughing. It isn’t. I swear. Okay, maybe it is. Hahahaha!

  16. cinzano08 says: Aug 25, 2016 10:35 PM

    Hate to see the guy get hurt but love the fact jerrah will not win a SB before he goes to heck.

  17. mnvikes1961 says: Aug 25, 2016 10:36 PM

    Romo is cursed.

    He should carry and extra collarbone in his back pocket.

  18. draculalambert says: Aug 25, 2016 10:37 PM

    Ru row!

  19. thehatefulnerd says: Aug 25, 2016 10:39 PM

    They were auditioning for a Gomer Pyle remake in the locker room.

  20. jeremycrowhurst says: Aug 25, 2016 10:40 PM

    “With the first overall pick of the 2017 draft, the Dallas Cowboys select….”

  21. janvanflac says: Aug 25, 2016 10:41 PM

    that was tough to look at, he was bent pretty awkwardly. seems ok though.

  22. 1964bclions says: Aug 25, 2016 10:42 PM

    1 for 1 for 11 yards.

    That is a NFL QB Rating of….. 112.5

    BACK OFF PEOPLE.

  23. rodgerstonelson says: Aug 25, 2016 10:43 PM

    Good Gravy , It is time for Romo to hang it up. We already had a pool going as to when he would break his collar bone again. I had game 3 of the regular season.

  24. jgo304 says: Aug 25, 2016 10:44 PM

    Prescott is the present & future Romo needs to hang it up!

  25. ee00ee says: Aug 25, 2016 10:44 PM

    Walk away Tony, walk away.

  26. whenwilliteverend says: Aug 25, 2016 10:47 PM

    I’m not a Cowboys fan but I feel for Romo. I’ve broken both collarbones, experienced a separate shoulder and have a herniated disc so I can relate to his issues. By far the worst is the back. Unlike wine that will NOT get better with age and can be debilitating. Some days I’m lucky if I can walk without pain and I don’t have to worry about being dogpiled by a bunch of 300-pound dudes. I can’t believe he has many years left on his body. Hopefully he can have some sort of life when he’s done playing but I’d be surprised if he’ll be able to golf when he retires.

  27. snakecage says: Aug 25, 2016 10:49 PM

    Tough break for Romo. Seems like a nice guy. Pre-season injuries suck for any team. Hopefully he’s back against the Redskins so we can re-injure him.

  28. maestro1899 says: Aug 25, 2016 10:52 PM

    Zeke looks like a STUD.

  29. jake6879 says: Aug 25, 2016 10:55 PM

    Damn, that’s tough luck Drew Bledsoe, I mean Tony Romo..

  30. richndc says: Aug 25, 2016 10:55 PM

    not one of you could stand up to any real Cowboy fan and say this kind of crap if you had to back it up. You exemplify the very definition of sniveling frat boy coward on here every.single.day.

  31. thepinknegro says: Aug 25, 2016 10:58 PM

    Romo, DO YOUR JOB!

  32. Bubbalicious says: Aug 25, 2016 10:59 PM

    Its the Brady curse, for all of those who did not speak up when the man was being railroaded Karma is coming for you!

  33. bighoser says: Aug 25, 2016 11:07 PM

    I guess we’ll see.rewl soon if Dak is.the real deal.and if.Jerrah lucked into an heir apparent to Romo.

  34. shaggytoodle says: Aug 25, 2016 11:11 PM

    Everyone calling for Romo’s head, it’s goofy, I understand being excited for Dak while he clearly will be starting in Dallas in a few seasons, playing behind a player like Romo and sitting on the bench for a season will do him FAR more good.

  35. tylawspick6 says: Aug 25, 2016 11:13 PM

    he came in fat as hell

    not surprising

  36. simplec72 says: Aug 25, 2016 11:13 PM

    Tony Romo is the new Glass Joe!

  37. horvath45 says: Aug 25, 2016 11:14 PM

    Prescott is a preseason hero.. You all can;t be series that he is the answer

  38. duncanthecat says: Aug 25, 2016 11:15 PM

    If that was Tony’s best running, boy he is open game out there.

    Agree it’s time to hit the couch.

  39. realtruthteller100 says: Aug 25, 2016 11:18 PM

    tony romeo claims he has a “back injury” but we all know the real injury is to his heart, or hsould i say lack there of! face it folks, when tony came into the league had a pretty typical amount of heart, but slowly but surely blood sucking succubuses like jessica simpson (no relation to oj, alegedly) and carry underwood sucked the blood right outta his veins. now hes stuck with a dummy heart and no hope for a transplant. its sad cause the ‘boys could of easily avoided this conundrum by signing one of texas’s own, and im not talkin about alexis. thats right, johnny football folks. he would lead this team to victory and multiple super bowls but the league is to scared of him just cause a couple of glory boys dont know how to control there highs. well i for one am fed up with this pc garbage. the fact that johnny football has not found a team is everything that is wrong with this league and this country and i am going to stop it. i am anouncing my candidacy for nfl comisioner in 2016. a vote for me is a vote for real hard nosed football like they used to play before all the parents got so concrened about their kids brains gettin cte. this pansy crap has got to go before the wussification festers and our country has to be put down. im finished.

  40. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 25, 2016 11:19 PM

    Retire, Gomer Pyle

  41. tqaztec says: Aug 25, 2016 11:23 PM

    Parcells was right about him.

  42. 2dat says: Aug 25, 2016 11:24 PM

    Strength of a Glass Plate > Tony Romo

  43. Bubbalicious says: Aug 25, 2016 11:28 PM

    I blame George Bush!

  44. Tully323 says: Aug 25, 2016 11:41 PM

    He did it to himself. Watch the video and see the way he drops down on his ass. It’s almost like the guy doesn’t know how to take care of himself when under pressure. Known back and shoulder issues and he drops on his ass. Way to go Romo…

  45. joko12blog says: Aug 25, 2016 11:46 PM

    Talk to Peyton manning and get some “help” to recover…

  46. finfansince68 says: Aug 25, 2016 11:52 PM

    is his back made of glass?

  47. kelsey59 says: Aug 25, 2016 11:53 PM

    Who didn’t see this coming. My only surprise is that his arm didn’t fall off.

  48. packers0and16 says: Aug 25, 2016 11:56 PM

    As an NFL fan for over 50 years it is pretty easy to see the end coming for a player. I watched players like Joe Namath with his knees, Joe Montana with his back and hard knocks, Troy Aikman and his human pinball act, and how many concussions?
    It is time for Tony to think about hanging up the pads before he needs a scooter to get around.

  49. ragnarthemagnificent says: Aug 25, 2016 11:58 PM

    PGA > NFL , hang up the cleats, pick up the stix.

  50. onebuffalove716 says: Aug 26, 2016 12:25 AM

    not one of you could stand up to any real Cowboy fan and say this kind of crap if you had to back it up. You exemplify the very definition of sniveling frat boy cowar

    Lol. I needed that laugh. Thanks for the entertainment tough guy👍

  51. guitarfreak21 says: Aug 26, 2016 12:31 AM

    At this point it’s worth wondering if maybe it’s time to test Dak to see if he can just be the guy.

  52. footballfan72 says: Aug 26, 2016 12:34 AM

    All the haters hoping he’s done. How many QBS scrubs have the Eagles and Redskins gone through in the same time span that Romo has been the signal caller in Dallas? Haters gonna hate…..

  53. varangia says: Aug 26, 2016 1:06 AM

    He should retire before he ends up in a wheelchair. Get out before it’s too late.

  54. wadinmypants says: Aug 26, 2016 1:19 AM

    Tony Romo has been awarded the lifetime spokesperson for peanut brittle.

  55. footballfan72 says: Aug 26, 2016 1:35 AM

    Tully323 says:
    Aug 25, 2016 11:41 PM
    He did it to himself. Watch the video and see the way he drops down on his ass. It’s almost like the guy doesn’t know how to take care of himself when under pressure. Known back and shoulder issues and he drops on his ass. Way to go Romo…

    8 3
    Sorta like RG3??? How’s your QB doing since you wanna pass judgement.

  56. jiminauburn says: Aug 26, 2016 2:29 AM

    I don’t think it was serious as it was made out to be. I think he was exaggerating a bit hoping for a flag.

  57. In your face says: Aug 26, 2016 2:51 AM

    For all you haters out there this is probably the worst thing that could have happened to you. Are back up is Young and can run and has a good arm and all you people calling him a choker his 4th quarter stats are better than any quarterback in the league right now

  58. peytonmanningsforehead says: Aug 26, 2016 3:08 AM

    So much for this high-priced, over – hyped offensive line, huh? Didn’t take long for Romo to be running for his life.

  59. jerruhjones says: Aug 26, 2016 6:39 AM

    Dr. Jerruh said he had 5 or 6 left in him….plays, not years.

  60. pencilmonkeymagic says: Aug 26, 2016 7:16 AM

    He’s made his money, doesn’t owe the game anything. First hit and he’s in pain again.

    You’re still in your 30s, no need to sacrifice the rest of your life.

  61. chieftaindawg says: Aug 26, 2016 7:24 AM

    Romo has got to retire before he breaks himself one more time. When is it enough?

  62. billh1947 says: Aug 26, 2016 7:32 AM

    Going to be another long season for Jerrahs favorite plaything.

  63. polegojim says: Aug 26, 2016 9:25 AM

    Cmon man. Romo should not be out there, period, it’s foolish.

    Also… the guy should GO DOWN…. GO DOWN… GO DOWN… ESP IN THE PRESEASON.

    Make it Dak’s team and help Romo to still be walking at 60.

  64. sweetnlow44 says: Aug 26, 2016 10:36 AM

    richndc says:
    Aug 25, 2016 10:55 PM
    not one of you could stand up to any real Cowboy fan and say this kind of crap if you had to back it up. You exemplify the very definition of sniveling frat boy coward on here every.single.day.
    _______

    Why? Are you really going to fight someone for pointing out that Romo’s made of glass? Man, I love Cowboy fans.

  65. jimvlv says: Aug 26, 2016 10:44 AM

    Unfortunately Tony Romo’s legacy will be the botched extra point hold and playing far past the time his body could take the punishment. Adios Mr. Romo, goodnight Irene.

  66. pftony says: Aug 26, 2016 10:46 AM

    As I watched the aftermath unfold, the camera caught a picture of Dak standing and looking at whatever the coach was talking about while Tony was sitting with a small grimace on his face. I realized that this will soon be Dak’s team and Romo will turn into that elusive good QB backup the Cowboys have been seeking for so many seasons. The only question is how long will it take. Tony would make a great teacher for Dak and still be able to help the Cowboys. It all depends on if Jerry gets in the way of progress.

  67. RegisHawk says: Aug 26, 2016 1:00 PM

    They can’t afford to cut him or have him retire for the next two years. More likely, you’ll see him riding the bench with the auspicious title of “veteran back-up” until such time as the Cowboys won’t have to take a massive dead-cap hit to let him go.

  68. mostepicgnar says: Aug 26, 2016 1:25 PM

    The NFC East is going to be terrible this season.

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