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QB Tony Romo - Dallas Cowboys

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Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Tue Oct 28): Romo suffered a back contusion on a knee to the back near where he had back surgery last offseason. He returned to the game but looked cleared hurt and less mobile. In one play, the luster from a great start to the season was replaced with worry about Romo's ability to hold up and play well over the course of the season.

General News (Wed Oct 29): is expected to miss practice time with his back contusion, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. Romo's Week 9 status will be based on pain tolerance, according to owner Jerry Jones. It is a huge game for the Cowboys at home against the Cardinals, and Romo could be a game-time decision. Romo did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. We're not shocked by this news as Romo was already sitting out on Wednesdays. We'll know more on his situation after Thursday's practice.

General News (Tue Oct 28): suffered a contusion near the surgical site in his back Monday, Oct. 27. Romo left the field a bit gingerly after the hit but returned to the game after treatment. Romo was to undergo an MRI exam Tuesday, Oct. 28, for a better look at his bruised back. X-rays came back negative Monday, Oct. 27, and he was able to return to the Week 8 game after taking a pain-killing shot. The team expects Romo to be ready to play the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9. He finished the game with 209 yards after going 17-for-28, and he was sacked a season-high five times.

Week 9: vs Arizona Cardinals

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. How will Tony Romo's back react to the strain it was put under by Washington's constant blitzing/hitting on Monday Night Football? He took a big bruise to the area of his back that has been surgically repaired twice in the recent past, but didn't do any further damage to the disks that have been worked on, according to reports out of North Texas. This is a wait-and-see situation, but realize that Brandon Weeden is exceptionally well-prepared as a backup (Weeden routinely gets one day of practice with the starters each week while Romo takes a veteran rest day to protect his back) - all is not lost if Romo is forced to sit out a game or two. Stay tuned to Footballguys.com's Players in the News as the weekend approaches for the latest on Romo's practice participation/injury status. Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams and Jason Witten should be O.K. no matter which Dallas quarterback gets to exploit the Cardinals' inept secondary. The Cardinals' pass D coughed up 411 net yards to Nick Foles and company last week (36/62 for 411 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with zero sacks taken), one week after Derek Carr inexplicably flamed out vs. Arizona (16/28 for 164 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with one sack taken for -9 yards). Most teams fall in between these extremes, but Arizona is once again last in the NFL averaging 302.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with 12 TDs given up balanced by 10 interceptions generated (tied for third in the NFL). The Cardinals do not produce much in the way of pass rush, with a mere seven sacks this season (tied-29th). This looks like a great matchup for the home-team Cowboys - DeMarco Murray has a tough matchup in the other phase of the game so look for Dallas to throw a little more often than usual in this game.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
5 vs HOU 28 41 324 2 1 0 0 0 0
6 at SEA 21 32 250 2 0 2 -1 0 1
7 vs NYG 17 23 279 3 1 2 5 0 0
8 vs WAS 17 28 209 1 0 1 1 0 0
9 vs ARI PROJ-Dodds 24 36 * * * 2 * * *
9 vs ARI PROJ-Tremblay 11 16 * * * 1 * * *
9 vs ARI PROJ-Bloom 22 31 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs SEA (21 / 32 / 250 / 2 / 0 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)

Romo played yet another rock-solid game, this time beating the Super Bowl champions in Seattle. On third downs and against pressure looks, Romo was outstanding having an answer on nearly every occasion. In the first half, Romo's check down options beat Seattle on third-and-long situations. In the second half, however, Romo pushed the ball down the field in a close game in key moments. In the second quarter, down 10-0 after an early punt block, Romo and the offense controlled the ball for all but five plays, flipping the momentum with a 17-10 lead at the break. Romo avoided disaster on a goal line back-shoulder throw that nearly resulted in an interception return for a touchdown. On the very next play, Romo found Gavin Escobar alone in the back of the end zone to get on the board. Huge throws to Terrance Williams down the sideline and then again on third-and-20 with five minutes to play, highlighted a comeback effort to take Dallas' final lead of the game. Romo is playing some of the best football of his career over the past month, culminating with a hallmark win on the road in the toughest environment in the NFL.

2014 Week 7 vs NYG (17 / 23 / 279 / 3 / 1 pass, 2 / 5 / 0 rush)

Romo was on his game in the divisional showdown against the Giants. His movement in the pocket, creating time and plays down the field continues to improve with each passing week. Early in the game it was Romo and long-time safety blanket Jason Witten converting long-yardage third down situations. Romo's mobility created a third down scramble conversion, taking a double-sided hit in the process. On the team's first touchdown drive of the game, Romo found a matchup he liked, Gavin Escobar in the slot, for two receptions including a third-and-long touchdown in the red zone. Romo's ability to beat the Giants pass rush when there was rare pressure was paramount to the offense's efficiency throughout the game. Even Romo's interception was a random oscillation rather than a poor decision. Dez Bryant had single coverage deep down the sideline, only to stumble, giving the defensive back free access to secure the interception. In a tie game in the second half, Romo was at his best. He read pressure or three-man rush situations to dictate his time in the pocket and carving up the Giants defense on a touchdown drive. Again, it was Gavin Escobar as a matchup advantage from the slot as Romo smoothly ran a play-action fake. Late in the game, Romo was spot on to Dez Bryant in key situations to convert first downs, run the clock, and ultimately finish out the victory. Since Week 1, Tony Romo has 13 touchdowns to three interceptions with at least a 65% completion rate in every game. He got off to a similar hot start in 2013 (>69% completion rate in first five games with 13 touchdowns to two interceptions).

2014 Week 8 vs WAS (17 / 28 / 209 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

When Romo had time in the pocket against Washington, he was on-point and efficient. However, it key moments the Washington pressure schemes regularly forced pressure and got home for sacks. On three separate first half drives, Dallas' possession was stalled by a third down sack. Two first half fumbles also contributed to a close game that looked like a blowout without the Dallas miscues. A tipped pass at the line of scrimmage looked like an easy interception without Romo getting into the fray to knock the ball down early in the third quarter. Another all-out blitz in the third quarter resulted in an awkward hit to Romo, leaving him on the turf for an extended period of time. Romo was out until the final drive of regulation, being examined in the locker room. Brandon Weeden held the fort in Romo's absence, setting the scene for a potential game-winning drive. Romo fumbled against a blitz, but Dallas somehow recovered to save the game. Romo squeezed the ball into a tight window to Terrance Williams to convert third-and-long as well. After the end-of-regulation drive stalled, Romo had a final chance, down by three, in overtime. A fourth down pass to Dez Bryant was tipped away on an out route. Romo's movement skills were clearly limited on the two drives post-injury. In what looked like a comfortable win early, turnovers and Romo's degrading play as the game progressed, turned into a tough home divisional loss.

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Latest News

Cowboys | Tony Romo not practicing (Thu Oct 30, 12:57 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) didn't take part in the walk-through Thursday, Oct. 30, and will not practice with the team. However, head coach Jason Garrett remains hopeful that Romo can play in Week 9 against the Arizona Cardinals. 'He's not ruled out for this game by any means,' Garrett said. 'He's getting himself mentally ready. He's in the meetings. He's a part of our football team, and hopefully as the week goes on, it feels better and he can function and it'll give him a chance to play.' Romo and the team continue to say that his injury is not related to his disc problem that he had surgery on last year. Romo said he'd play if the question is only about pain tolerance. Garrett said the team is calling the injury a bone contusion. The Cowboys are looking into modifications for Romo's pads if he is to play Sunday, Nov. 2.

Our View: We do expect Romo to play this weekend, but it's worth keeping an eye on this. The hit to his back was tough and took him out of the game, but we expect him to play and believe the Cowboys are just being cautious. We see Romo as a solid QB2 this week even in a tough matchup.
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Cowboys | Optimistic about Tony Romo's status (Thu Oct 30, 12:15 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo's (back) status is making head coach Jason Garrett feel optimistic about his availability for Week 9.

Our View: We fully expect Romo to play this weekend even against a tough matchup like Arizona. This is the weekly dance we all do—Romo takes a few days off to rest his back, the team pretends maybe he might not start, we all laugh—rinse repeat. Romo should be a rock solid QB2 this week.
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Cowboys | Tony Romo expected to be limited (Thu Oct 30, 11:52 AM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is not expected to do much during practice during practice Thursday, Oct. 30, according to head coach Jason Garrett.

Our View: As always, Romo is going to be handled with kid gloves and why not? The Cowboys have playoff aspirations and won't upset the apple cart by risking wearing him down. This week against a tough Arizona team, he's a high-end QB2.
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Cowboys | Tony Romo sitting out (Wed Oct 29, 12:51 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29. QB Brandon Weeden is working with the first-team offense during practice.

Our View: We're not shocked by this news....Romo was sitting out on Wednesday (or at least limited) already. With this latest back contusion we could see him limited even more. At this time, his playing status for Week 9 against Arizona is unknown.
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Cowboys | Tony Romo's status based on pain (Wed Oct 29, 10:51 AM) - Updating an earlier report, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo's (back) Week 9 status will be based on pain tolerance, according to owner Jerry Jones.

Our View: It is a huge game for the Cowboys at home against the Cardinals in Week 9. Romo could be a game-time decision.
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