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Why Are The Cowboys Trying To Rush Tony Romo Back Into Action With An Injury?

Submitted by on November 2, 2014 – 9:56 amNo Comment

When Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo went down with what appeared to be a major back injury last Monday night during a game against the Washington Redskins, every single Cowboys fan in the country held their breath. After a handful of mediocre seasons, the Cowboys finally look like they’re headed to the NFL Playoffs this season. They have a good running game and an opportunistic defense and Romo is playing like one of the best quarterbacks in the league. So when he went down, you could almost hear all the Cowboys fans out there saying, “Oh noooooooo!”

If the Cowboys are going to make it to the playoffs this season and make any kind of noise once they get there, then they’re going to need Romo to be healthy. He will be able to play through some pain if needed, but they can’t have him all banged-up once the playoffs roll around. So with that in mind, their reaction to Romo’s back injury has been kind of puzzling. During the Redskins game, they actually inserted him back into the contest and let him fight his way through his pain as Dallas struggled and eventually lost. And this week, in the days leading up to the Cowboys’ game against the Arizona Cardinals, the Cowboys have refused to rule Romo out. They’ve given a lot of reps to his backup Brandon Weeden in practice. But they’ve left the door open for Romo to return and repeatedly said that he’d be available to play if he was feeling up to it.

Our question: Why? At this point in the season, the Cowboys do need to keep their foot on the gas pedal and do whatever they can to continue winning games. But at the same time, they shouldn’t rush Romo back into the lineup and risk further injury. Because if Romo gets knocked out of another game and, God forbid, his injury gets any worse, the Cowboys could be without him for a long stretch of time. And that would be way more devastating for them than a single loss to the Cardinals.

It’s also worth noting that, in limited action, Weeden has looked good. He’s probably not going to be as effective as Romo if he’s forced to play. But he put up 10 points against the Redskins and has proven to be more than serviceable in the short term. So if you’re the Cowboys, why not let him play a little bit this season and allow Romo to heal? If Dallas wants to be a legit Super Bowl contender, they’re going to need Romo back in the lineup. But there’s no need to rush him back at this point and risk another serious injury.

Do you agree? Or do you think the Cowboys need Romo in the lineup this week when they take on the Cardinals?

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