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Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 09/28/2011

Brian Orakpo says Tony Romo’s injury was blown way out of proportion


(Tony Gutierrez - AP)
So I was kind of sick of hearing about Tony Romo’s heroism by the end of Monday night. And you were sort of sick of hearing about it, unless you’re a Cowboys fan, in which case you hate me. And you know who else thought it was too much? Brian Orakpo.

“To me they blown it way out of proportion,” the linebacker said on ESPN 980’s John Thompson Show on Tuesday. “I mean, they tried to make it seem like the guy was hospitalized the night before the game, just so we could build it up if they was to win the game — oh he’s a courageous player to go out there and play. The guy was playing just like Tony Romo, running around, making throws. He got hit throughout the whole game and still getting up. I mean, it was blown way out of proportion, but it is what it is.”

Orakpo also shared your frustration and amazement at the way all those crazy snap mistakes wound up in Romo’s arms, unless you’re a Cowboys fan, in which case you believe he’s uniquely skilled at scooping up bouncing balls.

“I mean, Romo got some type of lucky charm in his back pocket,” Orakpo said. “Because it seemed like every time the ball was on the floor, he was able to scoop it up, not fumbling one time, scoop it up and pick it up and try to at least make a play. Very unfortunate for us. I mean, I’m so disappointed in the outcome. We left a lot on the table. We could have easily won that game.”

Oh, and Orakpo also had no problem with DeAngelo Hall’s profanity-laced postgame remarks, saying he and the cornerback had talked over the defensive issues on the plane ride home.

“D-Hall’s good,” Orakpo said. “We actually was talking about the game and stuff afterward on the plane. Everybody’s talking, just trying to get everybody’s head back straight. The only negative thing about being a professional athlete, when you lose the game, they stick a camera right in your face, right after you lose. And I mean, no holds barred after that.

“I mean, I don’t blame him,” Orakpo continued. “He’s angry, he’s upset, and all the sudden they’re asking you all kind of ridiculous questions, and you’re gonna say something that you wish you could take back. And he knows he wish he could take it back, but I don’t blame him. He’s already a hothead, so why would you put a camera in his face? They got what they deserved. I love playing with him. I’ve got his back, any day of the week; we’ve all got his back.”

Orakpo said his second-half absences were due to full-body cramps, and that he had never experienced the sort of humidity and lack of air movement like there was in Cowboys Stadium Sunday night. And he wasn’t very happy with the final score of the game.

“It’s very disappointing, man,” Orakpo said. “We left those guys off the hook. We left a lot on the table, but we’re 2-1, we’ve still got a long season, we’ll see those guys again....

“We’re angry. We’re very angry, the players and the coaches,” he later said. “We’re so happy that it’s a short week because we can’t wait to get back out there on Sunday and perform, because we left that game out there. We could have easily won that game, and we’re just very very angry, very very hungry to get back out there. And whoever’s up next — I don’t even care who it is, I think they said we’ve got the Rams going to St. Louis — and it really don’t matter who we play, we’re really gonna go out there and finish it off right....We’re very angry about the situation, and we can’t wait to play again.”

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