Lindsay H. Jones.
ARLINGTON, Tex. – Less than two quarters into his first season since receiving a $108 million contract extension last spring, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo found himself face-down on the artificial turf, his torso aching after being walloped by two New York Giants defensive ends just before halftime.
From his luxury suite above midfield, Jerry Jones looked on in terror. Was it Romo’s shoulder? His ribs? But in the time it took for the Texas Christian University marching band to play its halftime set, dread turned to at least moderate relief. Romo was coming back for the third quarter, after an initial diagnosis that Romo merely had the wind knocked out of him.
“It was not deemed by anyone here, doctors, trainers or him, to be something that would compromise him in the game,” Jones said. “I’m sure it’s sore, I’m sure it hurt, but still we certainly felt comfortable with him back there.”.
Romo grimaced his way through some warmup tosses before the start of the third quarter, and was allowed to return to the game without undergoing X-rays to check for broken bones. That exam will come Monday morning, he said.
“I’m going to be fine,” Romo said. “Mine is nothing really crazy.”.
It was easier to say, certainly, having defeated the Giants, 36-31, a game in which he threw a pair of touchdown passes to tight end Jason Witten. He also threw one interception, in the first quarter, and was sacked twice.
The question now is if there is any more significant damage, and just how long he’ll have to play in pain.
“I don’t think I’ve ever gone through a season and didn’t have some things that linger,” Romo said. “But there’s no excuse for anybody. No one really cares. That’s the truth when people are banged up in football.”.
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