This season will come down to pain management for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones revealed Wednesday morning that the back injury Romo suffered two days before against the Washington Redskins isn’t season-ending, and the veteran quarterback could even play as soon as Sunday if he can tolerate the pain.
“At this time, we have nothing medically that would prevent him from playing,” Jones said on KRLD-FM, via USA TODAY Sports. “This is a function of pain tolerance. But it’s a serious issue that you could look at people who have had a similar type contusion, or injury, and they haven’t played the next week. That would cause you some concern about him playing.
“It is not at this juncture in any way a season-ending injury,” Jones added. “But it is one that raises the question whether he can tolerate a certain amount of pain in that area.”
Romo exited in the third quarter of the Cowboys’ overtime loss after taking a knee to the back. But Romo returned to the game after X-rays came back negative and he received a painkilling injection.
The 34-year-old underwent surgery in the offseason to repair a herniated disc, but Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said the latest injury is not related to the back surgery Romo underwent in December. Garrett also confirmed Romo underwent an MRI on Tuesday, but said the results weren’t immediately available.
The Cowboys are still evaluating Romo’s status for Sunday’s game against the 6-1 Arizona Cardinals, Jones said.
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