Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he hopes quarterback Tony Romo will be able to play against the Washington Redskins Monday despite the cracked rib and punctured lung Romo suffered in last Sunday’s 27-24 overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers.
“I think he’s doing fine. He’s doing fine,” Garrett said of Romo, who completed 20 of 33 pass attempts for 345 yards and two touchdowns. “He got knocked around a little bit on Sunday, but he’s getting his rehab and hopefully he’ll be ready to play for this ballgame. We’ll take it day-to-day the next couple days.”
Romo suffered the injury during the first half of Sunday’s game, and Jon Kitna relieved him. Romo returned with less than seven minutes left in regulation and played the rest of the way. He threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin and later moved Dallas into range for the game-tying field goal. In overtime, Romo completed a 77-yard pass to set up a 19-yard game-winning field goal.
“Certainly a gutty effort by him,” Garrett said. “Any time you fracture a rib and puncture a lung, and come back and play in a football game, was certainly very impressive. But I knew just from being around him the last 4-1/2 years that if he could play, he’d be out there and sure enough, in the middle of that second half, he came up and tapped me on the shoulder and was ready to go and we were excited to see him back out there and he played awfully well down the stretch.”
The Cowboys were without second-year receiver Dez Bryant last week, but Garrett said he didn’t yet know whether Bryant would play Monday. Garrett said the Cowboys will take the practice field for the first time this week on Thursday.