Tony Romo misses practice; Cowboys still mum on whether he’ll play

December 26, 2013

Tony Romo was clearly in pain after a fourth-quarter play Sunday against Washington. (Toni L. Sandys / The Washington Post)

Tony Romo continues to receive treatment on his back and the Dallas Cowboys continue to maintain that, if cleared by doctors, Romo will play Sunday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Romo, who received an epidural injection earlier in the week to relieve the pain from his herniated disk, is not attending practice or meetings and is considered unlikely to play.

“We’re just continuing to go through the process with Tony and just see how he feels every day waking up and evaluate him, treat him and see how he responds to it as much as anything else and continue to evaluate him a lot of different ways, but more than anything else, just treat him and see how he feels,” Cowboys Coach Jason Garrett said.

ESPN reports that the epidural has yet to provide relief and the team signed Jon Kitna on Tuesday to back up Kyle Orton. If he is cleared to play, he could do so despite not practicing with the NFC East title on the line.

“I think pain is probably the biggest issue, pain and how that relates to how you can function — and there are a lot of different levels to that, walking around, moving around and all that,” Garrett said. “You wake up in the morning, you evaluate it.

“Backs tend to kind of impact your whole body and how you can function in just day-to-day life. Hopefully he’ll respond to some of the treatment and feel better as the week goes on.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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