1. How will Tony Romo’s injury effect him during the game? Romo injured his hand early in the Philadelphia game on Saturday when it collided awkwardly on the helmet of defensive end Jason Babin. After a stint in the locker room, Romo appeared on the Cowboys’ sideline testing out his throwing hand. After a few test passes, it was determined Tony needed to sit out for the rest of the game. In retrospect, Romo admitted he would have tried to play if the game had any playoff implications.
X-rays of the hand turned out negative for signs of structural damage or fracture. According to Cowboys’ VP Stephen Jones, the immense swelling of Romo’s hand was caused by busted blood vessels. There is little doubt Romo will play in what has become the biggest game of the season for the Cowboys. But how will the soreness affect his throwing ability?
For a reminder of how Romo plays with pain, you only need to look back to Week Two of this season. That was the game against the San Francisco 49ers where Romo played through a fractured rib and punctured lung. In that game, Tony struggled with his accuracy in the first half. But he was able to “gut” it out and find a way to win in overtime. I’d expect a similar slow start for Romo on Sunday night as he works through the soreness.
2. Can Felix Jones and Sammy Morris really replace DeMarco Murray? The simple answer is no. Let me start by saying that I am not a Felix Jones fan. In my eyes, his flashes of potential have never outweighed his tendency for injury and lack of production through the years. But Jones did rush for 106 yards on only 16 carries against this Giant’s team in Week 14. Now the only thing stopping him from doing it again is…injury. Surprise, surprise. No one really knows how much Jones can contribute with a ailing hamstring. I wouldn’t expect another 100 yard performance though.
And I’ve certainly “cooled” on Sammy Morris after his 29 yards on 13 carry performance on Saturday. I’m afraid the only way the Cowboys will be able to win this Sunday is by going by air, and not by ground.