With Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo intending to play on Monday night despite having a busted rib, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall intends to try to bust them some more.
“I want to get a chance to put my helmet on whatever’s hurt,” Hall said, per the Washington Post. “Romo’s ribs — I’m going to be asking for some corner blitzes. If I know Felix Jones’ shoulder’s hurt, I’m not going to cut him. I’m definitely going to try to hit him up high, so that’s just part of it.
“If you know something’s wrong with an opponent, you’re going to try to target in on that. We’re going to try to definitely get as many hats on that team as possible.”
Hall isn’t saying anything that football players don’t already think. Especially at the quarterback position, any opportunity to knock the starter out of the game should be embraced.
But when it comes to putting a helmet on Romo’s ribs, Hall should be careful not to do it when Romo is in the act of throwing a pass, or when he has just thrown a pass. Under the rules, Romo is defenseless at those times, and he can’t be hit in the helmet or with a helmet.
But if Romo decides to run the ball, Hall can put a helmet onto anything that hurts — or anything that doesn’t hurt, yet.
Meanwhile, Romo talked about the injury during a taping of Showtime’s Inside the NFL, via John Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “On the rib side, just breathing, sometimes, is harder than I want it to be,” Romo said. “I know that. . . . If it’s a pain related thing, it sucks but you can usually play. Either you can go out and move around or you can’t. If it’s an in-between thing, usually you end up playing. It’s football season and usually football players play football during football season.”
Owner Jerry Jones has said something similar — that it all comes down to Romo’s ability to handle pain. And usually football players find a way to handle pain.