It's really hard to change perception about you fast unless something really radical happens. Such is the case with Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo. Coming out of week 1, Romo was the goat for the Boys coughing up a 17 point lead in the 4th quarter to the New York Jets. He had a key fumble and a game killing interception in a primetime game that just murdered his rep.
Then came week 2 and the guy gutted through a broken rib and punctured lung to lead Dallas back from 10 down in the 4th to secure a win over the 49ers and right the season a bit. Not exactly the way I would have chosen to turn around a very rough week 1 but that's how it went down and you have got to give Romo props for manning up when his team needed him.
Now he has the chance to do it again heading into week 3.
A punctured lung and a broken rib doesn't heal over night but miraculously Romo has the chance to start this Monday against the Redskins if he can just manage the pain. I say 'just' but I don't mean it in a negative sense. This injury apparently hurts like hell, to the point that he must sleep upright in a chair and even simple things like laughing and breathing is a painful chore.
Romo talked about the injury and his progress in an interview with Phil Simms for Showtime's Inside the NFL.
"We're going to take it day by day," said Romo. "I know that doctors are looking at it each day and we're trying to figure out the stuff with the lung that hopefully we're done here in the next day or two. If it's just about dealing with pain, that's part of playing football and I know I'll be able to do that.
"I would assume as long as (that) stuff goes on the right track, I have a pretty good chance to make a decision to play here shortly."
He went on to further talk about his chances to play.
"This is my first time going through it this way," said Romo, who suffered a muscle injury to his ribs in the final game of the 2008 season. "I don't know exactly what it's going to entail. Like I said a little bit (ago) I'm going to take it day by day and see what (I) can handle and what (I) can't. Usually if it's a pain-related thing, it sucks. But you can usually play; either you can play and move around, or you can't.
"There's not really … if it's an in-between thing, you usually end up playing. It's football season and usually football players play football during football season."
Romo has been measured this week for a protective vest to protect the rib area, one similar to what quarterbacks wear when they suffer injuries to the rib area, but his participation Monday night is still in doubt.
Another factor in his decision making should be that the Redskins will be targeting his injured area for sure. Don't believe me, well take it from the source, as Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said in an interview Wednesday that he would love to see Romo play and that he would love even better to get a shot at those ribs.
"Absolutely. I want to get a chance to put my helmet on whatever's hurt," Hall said. "Romo's ribs — I'm going to be asking for some corner blitzes. If I know Felix Jones' shoulder's hurt, I'm not going to cut him. I'm definitely going to try to hit him up high, so that's just part of it.
"If you know something's wrong with an opponent, you're going to try to target in on that. We're going to try to definitely get as many hits on that team as possible."
No folks, that's not dirty, that's just football.
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