• September 25, 2022

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo Undergoes Back Surgery

TonyRomo5It’s official now.  Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett told reporters that his quarterback Tony Romo underwent back surgery this morning and will be placed on injured reserve, so there’s no way he’s playing this Sunday night when the Eagles take on Dallas.

Garrett did everything he could to try and cover up the fact that Romo wasn’t going to play.  Yesterday in a conference call, he wouldn’t admit that Romo was out of the game.  He continue to say that there was still a chance because of his toughness, courage and ability to play with pain, that he might still play.

Now for him to play, it would require him getting out of a hospital bed just a couple of days after surgery.

“Kyle Orton has taken the reps the last couple days,” Garrett said on a conference call after practice yesterday.  “Tony Romo has not practiced.  John Kitna has been taking the scout-team reps.  We’ll see what Tony’s status is over the next couple days and what his availability is and proceed accordingly.”

“I think he’s still trying to get better each and every day,” Garrett continued.  “I think you’ll have to ask him specifically.  It probably comes and goes a little bit.  But he’s been in the facility the last couple days getting treatment and again, hopefully, it gets better as the week goes on.”

There’s no question that Kyle Orton is the Dallas quarterback for Sunday night.

I expect the Cowboys to rely more on the running ability of DeMarco Murray.  I think they will try to establish a running game, so that Orton can throw under less pressure by throwing play action passes.


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December 27, 2013 2:21 pm

Does that mean he won’t be playing on Sunday, or does Jerry think ‘he’ll play through the pain?’

Just joking of course: Hopefully, the surgery will be effective; he’ll either be having a kind of laminectomy, which is a removal of the disc, and/or a spinal fusion, where they fuse the bone of injured discs together…Perhaps they will do some hi-tech laser or other procedure with him, as his insurance will pay for the best techniques.

I used to be a nurse in the Orthopedic ward of a major Philadelphia hospital, and back surgery was in a very primitive form those 30+ years ago, with about 75% of the patients experiencing little relief.

I have 3 damaged vertebrae, but choose not to undergo surgery, instead taking pain meds and using stretching and other exercises to manage the condition.

I wouldn’t venture what the prognosis will be for a football player returning to heavy contact after spinal surgery.

andrew p
andrew p
December 27, 2013 2:35 pm

This is old news, Adam S. from Espn said this days ago, you can take it to the bank when he reports something, it’s not like it was Howard Eskin who reported it.

December 28, 2013 2:56 am

We have to put pressure on Orton and pop him in his mouth…get him off rhythm right away. I see them relying on Demarco Murray big time in this game, along with some short 5 and outs, and some quick slants. If that works, then the deep plays to Dez Bryant will begin. I believe our secondary will be up to the challenge.