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Should Tony Romo Play Against The Washington Redskins With A Broken Rib & A Punctured Lung?

Submitted by on September 23, 2011 – 10:03 am2 Comments

Don’t look now, Tony Romo, but you’ve got a huge target on your back. Or, more appropriately, on your ribs. And if you’re not careful on Monday night, you’re going to find quite a few members of the Washington Redskins taking shots at it.

It’s one reason that just three words came to mind when we heard that you were still strongly considering playing on Monday Night Football this week, despite your painful injuries: Don’t do it. That’s right. In spite of the fact that you sitting out will make the MNF game this week infinitely more boring, we think you need a week—make that at least a week—off. Your body needs to heal and you need to get better before you enter the second half of the season when your team really needs you.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: “Won’t I get torn to shreds by the media if I do that?” And the answer is, well, yes. You’ll have people questioning your toughness and telling you that you don’t deserve to be the starting quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. You’ll have former players talking about all the terrible, terrible injuries that they played through without taking time off. And you’ll have fans (and fantasy football players!) cursing you out from the sidelines for taking a seat rather than playing through an injury. But, you know what? You can make them all happy later this year by taking the ‘Boys back to the playoffs. And you can’t do that if you’re sitting on the sidelines later because you got all battered and bruised in a game that you shouldn’t have been playing in, right?

The truth is that the Redskins are going to come for your ribs if you decide to play. Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall has already admitted that he’ll be asking to blitz more often on Monday in order to disrupt your rhythm. So if you do play, you can expect to see plenty of pressure all night long. Even if the ‘Skins can’t get to you for sacks, they’ll punish you with hits and make your body ache so bad that the team trainers will have to beg you to get out of the ice bath later that night. In just the third week of the NFL season, you’ll already be more black and blue than you were at the very end of any of your previous seasons.

So, with that in mind, we’d recommend that you take the night off on Monday and let Jon Kitna—who is more than capable of shredding apart the ‘Skins defense—take over. The extra rest will give you time to heal and get you back playing at 100 percent health in no time. Will you catch some flack for it? Of course! You’re Tony Romo, after all, one of the most hated men in the NFL. But that same flack will haunt you even if you do play and fail to play well. So, really, what’s the point in putting your body on the line for the sake of playing an early-season game?

We get that it’s a rivalry game. And we get that you don’t want to let Cowboy fans down. We even get that you are playing with a chip on your shoulder this season and that you want to prove all the naysayers wrong once and for all by playing through pain and proving that you’re an elite quarterback. But, you’re hurt and, like we said, you’ve got a target on your back. So you better think twice before you suit up to play. Because the risk definitely outweighs the rewards when it comes to playing this week. We just hope you realize that before it’s too late.

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