Tony Romo says he’s been playing with broken rib as well

AP

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been telling us for weeks his back is more or less fine.

What he didn’t tell us, until last night, was that he’s had a broken rib for most of the last two months as well.

Via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, Romo said he’s not sure when he suffered the injury, either Sept. 21 against the Rams or Oct. 5 against the Saints. While that might seem extreme, Romo has also played with a broken rib and a punctured lung.

It’ll be nice when it’s just about the back [surgery] instead of all the other junk,” Romo said.

He said his back is all but healed, and the ribs are feeling better now. He looked much better last night in beating the Bears than his short-week struggles against the Eagles.

“I took a [pain-killing] shot this week,” Romo said. “I didn’t last week in the Eagles game, and that was a poor decision I think.”

If Romo’s trying to up his tough-guy credentials, that’s probably not necessary any more. But the fact he’s dealing with multiple injuries explains why he’s looked so careful about the back problem.

56 responses to “Tony Romo says he’s been playing with broken rib as well

  1. Curious. Pain shots are usually either opiates .. ie.. Controlled narcotics on the same level as Morphine , hydrocodone, Vicodin etc which are short acting .. or longer lasting steroids that are used to calm inflammation by injecting into trigger points in the affected area or even nerves… but they are no different that oral Prednisone pills (also Steroids) that are used to facilitate healing of infections and both are considered PED. Maybe Tony should have not said anything about shots…

  2. One tough hombre. Not talking about playing with injuries. It’s dealing with all the crap about how he fails in December. Thank goodness the offense put up enough points before the defense choked away the game. Of course it would have been Romos’ fault if they had.

  3. I heard Romo mention it but it sounded more like he was mentioning it as a list of things slowly wearing on his body of the years and catching up to him versus a current injury.

    Pretty sure he didn’t explicitly suggest he’s currently playing with that injury.

  4. Tony Romo’s brain may be tough in a sense that he has a high pain tolerance, but his body is anything but tough. Things that are tough are not constantly broken, which is why I scratch my head at this sort of analysis.

    There’s other QB’s that take a beating all the time, but since their bodies aren’t constantly shattering and failing them, they don’t get to be called ‘tough’.

    If my car constantly had something wrong with it but it could still get me from A to B, I wouldn’t go, “sure it’s always broken in some way, but gosh it’s tough!”

  5. How sad is this franchise that a guy has to take the field with those injuries because they are not capable of finding a backup. For example your trailing a team playing their backup and beating the likes of your team. Keep giving that running back 40 touches, he’s been pretty lucky to date.

  6. YET, there are those folks who will continue to spout off that this guy isn’t a leader, can’t produce, and is interception prone. All of those things can’t be supported with reasonable fact.

    So if you’re keeping score, he’s got a cracked rib and two fractures in his back and missed exactly one game.

    This is a tough SOB. I don’t know what his quality of life will be like when he retires in a few years, but his dedication to the team and his teammates can’t, and shouldn’t be questioned.

  7. The Cowboy Doctors got it wrong when they let him back on the field against the Redskins. Now we find out Romo’s been playing with broken ribs and a punctured lung.
    While I aknowledge the player’s courage, it’s also pretty stupid to have your only decent QB subject himself to serious injury.
    Clearly the medical staff have no clout in any Dallas decision making. Play the player, regardless of the injuries.
    You deserve what you will get, Jerry.

  8. Hearing after the fact that a player has been toughing it out because of an injury does sound like he’s either: (1) trying to prove his tough guy credentials; or (2) making an excuse for his play.

    I guess I don’t understand why Romo suddenly felt the need to reveal this fact now, after keeping it hidden from the public for a while now.

  9. So it’s illegal for players to smoke pot or take PEDs, but its perfectly fine for teams to shoot up badly injured players with painkillers and send them out to play. Just so we’re clear.

  10. lol…ok, so Dez and Romo are pulling excuses for the loss against the Eagles.

    Are you pulling them out this week, so when you lose next week, the excuses are already built in?

    Another 20+ win by the Eagles, easily.

  11. I am certainly not one of them but unfortunately romo: haters will hate regardless of what you play through. People will continue to focus on ur failures which some r pretty big. People feel a lot tougher behind the safety of their own homes and heckle freely. Keep doing what you’re doing!

  12. The Cowboys have been all about the excuses since the Eagles loss. Almost every player has some kind of injury, but you don’t hear them talking about it. If it’s that bad that he needs to talk about it, then he shouldn’t be playing.

  13. Why have the rules about reporting injuries if the league does not enforce the rules? It kind of makes no sense.

  14. I love how in these comments people keep asking why he revealed this now..Well because he was doing a post game interview and the subject came up! He didn’t reveal it before because maybe nobody asked about it! Romo is hands down one of the toughest QB’s in league and people need to give him more credit for what he’s played through.

  15. So………clearly another 20+ win for the Eagles huh……..I am completely biased here since I am a huge Dallas fan, but I expect Dallas to win next week in Philly. 1. Dallas is a great road team. 2. The real Mark Sanchez will show up. 3. For some reason, Dallas all but sucks at home, no idea why, but the really stink it up at home. 4. They want this game more than any other after the whooping on Thanksgiving. 5. The real Mark Sanchez will show up. 6. Dallas now has over a week to prepare for Philly; this team will be more than ready. Now, I am not guaranteeing victory, that would be as stupid as stating the Eagles will win by 20+ points. The down side to Dallas winning is they will most likely win the division and get a home playoff game…….we stink at home. Go Cowboys.

  16. @eaglesw00t says

    lol…ok, so Dez and Romo are pulling excuses for the loss against the Eagles. Are you pulling them out this week, so when you lose next week, the excuses are already built in? Another 20+ win by the Eagles, easily”.

    Easy there, Orville. Don’t forget your team has dirty Sanchez, and you can book at least 2 picks for him against Seattle, as well as being tied again with the Cowboys.

    If I were you, I would follow Bill Belichick’s advice – “when you win say little, and when you lose say even less. Shady didn’t follow this advice after the Cowboys game either.

    The next meeting in Philly won’t be like the first one. That will be a tough fought division game, and you better hope that one doesn’t determine the NFC East, because your team’s 2 last games are on the road against division opponents with NOTHING to lose, and ANYTHING can happen in a division game.

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you, Orville.

  17. Love that Eagles fan are already scared knowing the Dallas will be more prepared next week. Let me know when the turnover machine Foles plays with an injury

  18. Fans are bumping their chests saying Romo is tough as nails, but I can’t believe he let this information slip especially now when teams are fighting like crazy to make the playoffs. Romo just put a target on himself. One clean hit to the ribs, and there go the playoffs again.

  19. crappygovernment says: Dec 5, 2014 9:19 AM

    Playoff wins: Tebow 1, Romo 1

    __________________________________

    Tebow total passing yards for his CAREER 2422

    Total number of times that Tony Romo has passed for less than 2422 yards in a season 1.

    Tebow needed home field advantage, overtime, and a team with no starting Defensive linemen, a crippled QB and a blown coverage to get his playoff victory.

  20. Well its ok….the “tough as nails” Romo will have plenty of time to heal up while he is sitting on his couch watching the playoffs on TV…. but who know….after the Eagles chew him up again next week maybe his rest will come early

  21. Me thinks the lady doth protest too much.

    Its almost like hes trying to compensate for all those world class choke job turnovers that have exemplified his career…

    Being tough (for a qb) is nice Tony,

    Good QBs are known for being smart with the football

    Great QBs are known for being clutch

    You Tony, are known for interceptions, strip sacks and being “tough”

  22. More excuses for getting pasted last week. Take another shot next week, because you’ll be receiving plenty from the Eagles.

  23. He may be “tough” by some definitions, that’s up for debate. One thing that’s not up for debate is that he’s fragile as hell.

    His body is not tough. If it were, it wouldn’t always have something broken. That’s a very simple concept.

    Also, it’s not like he’s played every game this season anyway, (or most other seasons for that matter), so he IS prone to being sidelined by these injuries, no matter how tough you think he is.

    I just always marvel at the fact that the guys who are always hurt are the ones viewed as tough. Totally backwards logic.

  24. 1bigtex

    Great stats and analization of the one playoff win tebow had. But tebow still does have as many wins in the playoffs as romo despite only having one season as a starter and romo has been one for a decade

  25. The video clip of when Romo’s time finally runs out will not be pretty. I can see a free running Cole, Graham, or Barwin barreling down to drill #9. Cut to commercial cause it will not be pretty.

    To be fair I like Romo. I think he is tough. I feel his is hurt yet being tossed out to compete. I hope the end doesn’t come against my BIRDS. I want Romo in from start to finish.

    The net is the EAGLES are better than the COWBOYS. The BIRDS are not 20+ points better until you add in the KELLY FACTOR.

    ICWT

  26. I think the reason Cowboys fans think Romo is “tough” is because he continues to play even though he is almost ALWAYS hurt. So, from the fans standpoint, it’s great because Romo is the QB and face of the team continuously. It could be worse; you could have Sam Bradford as your QB.

    But, I agree with the guy above that said you wouldn’t call your car tough if it always had things going wrong with it.

  27. So Romo just admitted the Cowboys cheated by not listing him with a rib injury the last couple weeks.

  28. Talking about Romo being tough is like saying the best thing you can say about a fighter is he can really take a punch. Admiral but losers.

  29. Should have stayed quiet.. Now that it’s healed he wanted to tell the world

    Look at meeee… I’m a hero!!

    real QBs that win playoff games move in silence.

  30. freedomofspeechyesway says:
    Dec 5, 2014 7:21 AM
    Tony Romo’s brain may be tough in a sense that he has a high pain tolerance, but his body is anything but tough. Things that are tough are not constantly broken, which is why I scratch my head at this sort of analysis.

    There’s other QB’s that take a beating all the time, but since their bodies aren’t constantly shattering and failing them, they don’t get to be called ‘tough’.

    If my car constantly had something wrong with it but it could still get me from A to B, I wouldn’t go, “sure it’s always broken in some way, but gosh it’s tough!”

    Your logic is flawed. The fact is few qbs take the hits that romo has taken for years, and even fewer keep playing. You aren’t talking about a car on the road your talking about a car in a demolition derby, so they will always be banged up. Any qb in the league hit the right way in the right spot will get injured. Frailty had nothing to do with it, hanging on to the ball trying to make a play does. A la Big Ben.

  31. I love the backwards logic that Tony isn’t tough because he’s always hurt. Not sure what decade of Football y’all been watching but I have never seen many QBs take as many free runner hits as Tony. Seriously I think the only othe QB to take as many hits as Tony with the same intensity was McNabb or Vick.

    Tough by definition doesn’t mean indestructible. Never seen Payton play with a broken anything, or Brady for that matter. Also on the note of cheating on injury reports, if Big D is guilty so are the Chargers, Philly and a bunch of other teams. Foles was broken, yet no injury reports on him till the season ender he got, and Rivers apparently has had broken ribs for a month. Want to call foul call it across the board.

  32. Oh I get it now. The reason he sucked last Thursday was because he didn’t take his pain killer shot before the Eagles game. Much better than Phil Simms’ explanation during the Chicago game that it was because he didn’t get enough rest. I couldn’t POSSIBLY be that he was outplayed by a better team. No way!

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