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QB Tony Romo - Dallas Cowboys

6-2, 219Born: 4-21-1980College: Eastern IllinoisDrafted: ---

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He is listed as probable on this week's official injury report.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 13): Romo took a hard shot to the ribs during the game on Sunday - he was briefly on the sidelines, but returned to action shortly after the incident. He stated after the game that his rib cartilage was sore, but didn't appear to be worried about the injury. He'll be evaluated further on Monday, but this looks like a minor ding at first blush.

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 13): If we were to make a litmus test for the "matchup proof" designaation for QBs, putting up numbers and making plays at Seattle would be it. Romo passed and then some in the road test. He took some huge hits early in the game and never backed down, throwing at Richard Sherman, making a huge third-and-long play to Terrance Williams with the game on the line, and generally being the rudder for this surprising team.

General News (Fri Oct 17): practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

General News (Thu Oct 16): practiced fully on Thursday.

General News (Wed Oct 15): did not practice on Wednesday could miss practice Thursday, Oct. 16, after injuring his ankle and ribs in Week 6. Head coach Jason Garrett said he expects Romo to be fine.

Week 7: vs New York Giants

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tony Romo is benefiting from the outstanding rushing game of the Cowboys because it is opening up play-action passing opportunities for him - to date, Romo is just shy of a 69% completion rate with 131/191 for 1,510 yards passing, 11 TDs and five interceptions thrown (and 11/33/0 rushing). That checks in at 11th among all fantasy passers so far this year. Over the last two weeks, Romo has thrown 21/32 for 250 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions, with just one sack taken for -11 yards at Seattle, and 28/41 for 324 yards passing, two TDs and one interception with one sack taken for -8 yards vs. Houston. Dez Bryant is, by far, his most-targeted receiver with 24 targets for 13/148/1 receiving over those two games, but Terrance Williams has been almost as productive with eight targets for 4/141/1 receiving during the same time span. Jason Witten has seen 10 targets for 6/83/1 receiving over the past two weeks, while DeMarco Murray has vacuumed up almost every target that has come his way with 14 targets for 12/87/0 to his credit. It's all good for the Dallas offense coming into Week 7. The Giants' secondary has more interceptions (10) than pass TDs allowed (seven), and lead the league in interceptions through six games played. They have generated 11 sacks (18th in the NFL), but still average 261.7 net passing yards allowed per game (24th in the NFL) - this is a gambling secondary that can be burned deep (both Philadelphia TD passes last week were 15 yards or more, with the second to James Casey going 26 yards). Last week Nick Foles threw 21/34 for 245 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions while taking one sack for -3 yards. Two weeks ago, Matt Ryan slung 29/45 for 307 net yards, one TD and one interception with one sack taken for -9 yards. Romo needs to be careful with the football, but if he can avoid making big mistakes he should have a productive day throwing the football at home in AT&T Stadium. Advantage, Dallas.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
3 at STL 18 23 217 2 1 3 14 0 0
4 vs NO 22 29 262 3 0 6 20 0 0
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
7 vs NYG PROJ-Dodds 23 33 * * * 2 * * *
7 vs NYG PROJ-Tremblay 21 32 * * * 2 * * *
7 vs NYG PROJ-Bloom 22 31 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 4 vs NO (22 / 29 / 262 / 3 / 0 pass, 6 / 20 / 0 rush)

Romo was at his best in the primetime matchup against the Saints this week. He was rarely pressured in the pocket and his accuracy was spot-on when allowed to survey the field. The multiple blitz packages by the Saints were blocked well by the Dallas offensive line and Romo added an improvisational play in the pocket or two when initial pressure moved him off his anchor point. Romo also logged a career-long 21-yard rush in the game as the defense parted in the middle of the field like the Red Sea. DeMarco Murray was a centerpiece in the second quarter as Dallas built a 24-point halftime lead, but Tony Romo was hyper-efficient through the air on short and intermediate throws. The offense turned understandably conservative in the final quarter with a huge lead. Two straight third-and-outs without taxing the Saints secondary opened the door for New Orleans to make it competitive. When the game came into doubt at 31-17, Romo led a final scoring drive to put it away with three minutes to play, capped with a back shoulder touchdown to Dez Bryant.

2014 Week 5 vs HOU (28 / 41 / 324 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Romo was bold downfield and efficient when needed in the victory against Houston. DeMarco Murray remained the focus of the offense, but more was needed from Romo and the passing game to pull out the overtime win. Romo, in general, managed pressure well against J.J. Watt and company. Romo's patented spin move away from a backside rusher worked to perfection in the third quarter. J.J. Watt got the edge off the snap and had Romo lined up for a drive-killing sack. Romo spun away and ultimately found Terrance Williams downfield for the long touchdown to take a 10-7 lead. Romo was on-point to Jason Witten down the seam and Dez Bryant on a back-shoulder touchdown with other critical throws. Romo's lone lapse of judgment came against interior pressure in the red zone. Romo floated a pass in the direction of Dez Bryant running a post route without seeing a roaming safety staring Romo down all the way. Dallas ended up driving the field on the following drive for the same 17-7 lead, but it was a critical error at the time. Jason Witten has been more in the mix the last two weeks and Romo's back and mobility improves by the game. With a run foundation and an underrated defense, Romo's good decision-making has been paramount to the team's strong start.

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.

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Latest News

Cowboys | Tony Romo listed as probable (Fri Oct 17, 03:15 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (ankle, back) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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Cowboys | Tony Romo having fine season (Fri Oct 17, 01:15 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been incredibly effective this season, ranking fourth in passer rating (100.5). He has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 1,510 yards and 11 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Romo has been more productive while sitting out of practices on Wednesdays to focus on core-strengthening exercises. He has completed 70.2 percent of his passes for 1,053 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions in the last four games. The last two games, Romo has shown an ability to escape the pocket and make plays deep down the field.

Our View: Romo is back to being a low QB1 against the Giants at home this weekend.
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Cowboys | Tony Romo a full participant (Thu Oct 16, 04:07 PM) - Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back, ankle) returned to a full practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: As expected, Romo will be good to go this weekend and remains a low-end QB1 or a rock solid QB2.
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Cowboys | Tony Romo has ankle taped (Thu Oct 16, 12:45 PM) - Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (ankle, back) has his left ankle taped during practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: It's not like mobility is key to Romo's game, but it's also worth keeping an eye on. We expect him to play and be a low end QB1 or a very nice QB2 this week.
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Cowboys | Tony Romo taking part in practice (Thu Oct 16, 12:30 PM) - Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (ankle, back) is participating in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: Romo is going to give you a tiny scare every week as the team rests him but he'll be fine and will most weeks. We have Romo as a great QB2 or a low-end QB1 option this week. Which Giants team will show up is your biggest question? The team which looked so good in Weeks 3 through 5 or the one which imploded in Week 6? We think more of the latter than the former and Romo should be fine.
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Schedule

7vs New York Giants
8vs Washington Redskins
9vs Arizona Cardinals
10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Giants
13vs Philadelphia Eagles
14@ Chicago Bears
15@ Philadelphia Eagles
16vs Indianapolis Colts
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