Stephen Bowen: Cowboys don’t ‘miss a beat’ without Tony Romo

If Dallas quarterback Tony Romo is unable play Monday, it’s not necessarily a huge advantage for the Washington defense, says Redskins defensive end Stephen Bowen.

“I don’t think they miss a beat at all, honestly,” said Bowen, who signed with the Redskins as a free agent in July after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Cowboys. “When Jon Kitna was in there, he did a great job. A lot of guys respond to him. I think he honestly could probably start for a lot of teams in this league still.

“If Romo is to get hurt or anything like that, we can’t just be lackadaisical and say Kitna can’t get it done. I think he’s still a great quarterback.”


Stephen Bowen. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

“It’ll be different but we got one goal, that’s to come out with the win,” Bowen said. “I’m real excited to get down there and prove a point.”

Regardless of which quarterback the Cowboys use, Bowen says he and his linemates will have to be ready. Romo suffered a fractured rib and collapsed lung in the Cowboys’ come-from-behind overtime win over the 49ers. While Dallas Coach Jason Garrett said Monday he thought Romo would play against the Redskins, team owner Jerry Jones said Tuesday he wasn’t sure. It depends on how Romo tolerates pain, Jones said.

“Romo’s a mentally tough guy. He’s a good guy to play around,” Bowen said. “He studies a lot of film. He gets a bad rap sometimes, but I was around the guy. I’ve seen him work hard every day. To see him come back in the game [last Sunday], it wasn’t surprising to me.”

Though the Cowboys have a revamped offensive line, Bowen said he has no problem sharing any information he can with his Redskins teammates and coaches. He’s plenty familiar and still friendly with several Dallas playmakers, including DeMarcus Ware, Jason Hatcher and Tashard Choice.

“This is a competition,” he said. “I’m doing whatever it takes to win.”

Rick Maese is a sports features writer for The Washington Post.

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