Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks with head coach Jason Garrett during a timeout from the game against the Oakland Raiders during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving at AT

Do You Believe Garrett When He Says Romo Could Play On Sunday?

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Do You Believe Garrett When He Says Romo Could Play On Sunday?

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Here’s my take:

“It’s hard to tell whether Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is lying or not. In all the years watching his press conferences, he’s never been one to lie on the podium. I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt on this one, but I honestly think Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is done for the year. And this is just a bit of gamesmanship by Garrett.“

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  • SmartThinking

    If Romo’s blown a lumbar disc like the media has reported, then he’s done for this year and maybe the next. Never mind what Jones or Garrett tell the media.

  • BradAustin

    Two things…after watching JG’s press conferences on injuries all this year he has never made a false claim yet. Even after the player said he will go and didn’t, Garrett never shared their optimism. He either said a player was def out and he was…or he said day-to-day and we will see.

    Second, anyone who has ever suffered a herniated disk or any real back injury like that would never make the claim an hour later that he will be back doing anything very strenuous in a week. Those injuries are almost paralyzing right after. It always feels like it will be seriously debilitating and the last thing you could imagine was using your back in any way anytime soon. Romo said after the game he didn’t think it would keep him out. That type of optimism is not present after a back injury that is serious enough to put you on ice for over a week. Quite the opposite, it feels like you are even more seriously injured than it usually turns out to be. This comes from experience pulling a middle back muscle in football, and also slipping a disk while leg pressing. Both are almost paralyzing to where you barely move when you cool down right after if not immediately. Your back is almost the worst injury possible to play football. Any body movement relies on it.

    • SmartThinking

      It took me a year to walk upright again and aged me five years after I blew two discs simultaneously. As I’ve already noted, if Romo’s injury is, in fact, a ruptured disc, that he can walk is amazing. Personally, I don’t see any way he plays with that injury. If it’s a less severe injury, maybe. In either case, if he gets hit or sacked hard and goes down, it could result in a crippling injury he won’t recover from. Jones should know that by now and it should color his comments re: Romo playing at all until his disc(s) are surgically repaired.