In the Dallas Cowboys overtime loss to the Washington Redskins on Monday night, starting quarterback Tony Romo was injured early in the third quarter and forced out of the game. In his place, back-up quarterback Brandon Weeden went on to led the Cowboys’ offense to 10-points on two consecutive series.
With just over five minutes left in the fourth quarter, Romo returned to the sidelines. And with just under two minutes left in a game tied at 17, the Cowboys’ coaching staff faced a bit of a decision. Should they allow an injured Romo to return to the field or stay with the hot hand in Weeden?
Honestly, Cowboys’ head coach Jason Garrett didn’t have a difficult choice. You have to roll with Romo in that situation. You have to dance with the guy who brought you, right? And that’s despite Romo’s pretty rough history in high pressure situations.
Unfortunately, Romo’s gutsy return to the field was tainted as he struggled against the Redskins’ all out blitzes and was largely ineffective in the final drive of regulation, forcing the game into overtime. Ironically, it was an incomplete pass by Romo that would end the game in overtime and give the Redskins the 20-17 win.
After the game, Garrett confirmed Tony Romo sustained a back contusion and his status for next week game against the Arizona Cardinals is currently unknown.
Romo ended the game completing 17 of 28 for 209 yards and one score. Weeden went 4 of 6 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.