Romo spotted at Cowboys practice


After missing practice on Thursday and Friday with a broken rib, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was seen throwing passes with helmet on during the portion of Saturday’s practice that was open to the media, per Rainer Sabin on the Dallas Morning News.

The Cowboys host the Redskins to cap Week Three, on Monday night.

Romo appeared on Friday’s NBC Sportstalk (VERSUS, 6:00 p.m. ET), telling Russ Thaler, Peter King, and I that Romo is taking it day by day, but he didn’t sound like a guy who plans to stand on the sidelines for the game.

He also said he’ll be wearing a Kevlar vest to protect his ribs from further injury, something he won’t need if he’s standing on the sidelines for the game.

Romo suffered the injury during the first half of Sunday’s game against the 49ers, returning in the second half to lead the Cowboys back from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit and to an overtime win, thanks to a 77-yard pass to Jesse Holley.

Holley will likely be needed on Monday night.  While receiver Dez Bryant (thigh) was seen at Saturday’s practice, Miles Austin (hamstring) was absent once again.

32 responses to “Romo spotted at Cowboys practice

  1. Actually he won the game thanks to the pain killing drugs he was given.

    In other words “performance enhancing drugs”.

    Question: are Olympic atheletes allowed to compete with painkillers in their system?

  2. vmancave001 says:
    Sep 24, 2011 1:52 PM
    How is that his punctured lung has healed already?


    His punctured lung was caused from the pain injection shot, not the rib. Therefore, it will heal as fast as a puncture wound from any regular needle would, which as I’d assume you know is a day or two tops.

  3. Realfann, do you think that someone with a fractured rib on painkillers has any competitive advantage over a healthy player?

  4. @bluemist

    That is not the point.

    If I took steroids & HGH it would not give me a competitive advatage over an NFL player.

    But I would still be banned from playing.

    Clearly Romo’s performance in the 2nd half of the game was enhanced by the drugs he took at half time beacuse he did not feel pain when he threw the ball.

    Drugs enhanced his performance. Drugs enabled the win.

    So they should be banned during games.

    Just like in the Olympics.

  5. As an additional point, painkillers mask pain and allow injuries to be unknowingly made worse.

    They needlessly endanger the player.

    That is not in line with the league’s policy to make the game safer.

    Goodell should ban them during games. Random post game drug testing could easily find any rule breakers.

    Just like the Olympics.

  6. No, Bluemist, he has an unfair benefit that helps him play better than his normal self, which would be a guy with a busted rib……It will “enhance his performance” to a level better than it would otherwise be…..

  7. buddybowl69 says:

    Way to teach the children to NOT do drugs Cowpukes…
    Do you seriously think the Cowboys are the only team that gives players painkillers to get back on the field?

  8. So basically what you’re saying is using inhalers unfairly enhance a players performance because they help them breathe better?

  9. Pretty sure that Michael Vick tested positive for drugs but the Eagles signed him anyway. Way to reward a guy for doing drugs, leading a gambling ring and killing dogs, which teaches kids the wrong message about all of the above.

  10. The Olympics ban narcotics and cannabinoids and a host of other things, but certain painkillers are allowed. Painkillers do not enhance the performance of an athlete beyond pre-injury levels, they only help to get the athlete to perform close to or at pre-injury levels.

  11. I don’t think comparing the NFL to the Olympics is comparing apples to apples. American football is not part of the Olympics for a reason.

    I agree that giving a player painkillers and putting him back on the field is probably not good for the overall player’s health, but it is what it is. They are plenty of jobs in this world that endanger workers. If you don’t like it, get a desk job. Violence is an integral part of football.

    Since any player can take painkillers at any time without violating league rules, there is no competitive advantage. If there was, then every player would be taking painkillers before every game. And maybe they are, but the playing field is still level, as it were.

    Should they ban braces, too? A player wearing a brace “has an unfair benefit that helps him play better than his normal self”.

    At some point, a line must be drawn. Painkillers are ubiquitous in this country. How many people do you know who are taking HGH?

  12. Anyone who thinks that he wasn’t feeling any pain is a complete moron.

    He was clearly wincing etc.

    realfann, you’re nothing but a stupid child who draws conclusions and then grabs at random facts to support your foolish arguments.

    Grow up.

  13. I herd that besides the hole in his lung he also had a broken foot and right arm they should change the name on the trophy to Romo sorry Vince there is a new football god in town

  14. realfann says:

    As an additional point, painkillers mask pain and allow injuries to be unknowingly made worse. …
    Goodell should ban them during games. Random post game drug testing could easily find any rule breakers.
    Heard of HIPAA? Some things need to remain between players and doctors. Goodell is intrusive enough. What … now you want him suspending players for taking Ibuprofen? Or are you going to specify painkillers? Does that mean Harvin can’t take a painkiller and play with a migraine? This banned-substance issue is getting ridiculous.

  15. @buddybowl69

    Given your stance,one would make the logical conclusion that when your family goes to the dentist, there is no Novocaine involved. After all, we wouldn’t want yu to teach your children to do drugs, right?

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