Cowboys’ Tony Romo suffered bruised ribs, still expected to face Chiefs
The X-Rays results of Romo’s ribs came back negative on Monday, suggesting no structural damage. However, Romo is still dealing with bruised ribs, though the Cowboys don’t expect that to stop him from stepping on the field against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday.
"We feel optimistic with the tests coming back negative,'' Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said on Monday. “He'll be sore but something he'll be able to play with, as it looks right now.''
Romo hurt his ribs after being sandwiched between New York Giants defensive linesmen Mathias Kiwanuka and Justin Trattou, late in the second quarter of last weekend’s 36-31 home win. After being helped off the field, Romo missed just one offensive play that he watched from the sidelines.
But he returned to play through the injury in the second half after being cleared by the team’s medical staff. Romo finished by completing 36 of 49 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
"It's part of football," Romo said. "You take some hits sometime. You've got to play. You just get back out there and play."
Even as he left AT&T Stadium on Sunday night, neither Romo nor the Cowboys seemed overly concerned about his rib injury. The Cowboys announced that Romo just had the “wind knocked out of him” and did not require any treatment to get back on the field. Romo added that he expected to be in the lineup when the Cowboys travel to Kansas City in Week 2 to play the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
"I'm going to be fine," Romo said last Sunday. "My (injury is) nothing crazy."
Romo previously played several games with broken ribs in the 2011 season, after suffering a cracked rib and punctured lung in Week 2 against the San Francisco 49ers. He needed to wear a protective vest but continued to play through the injury for weeks by taking pain-killing injections before every game. Again during last year's season finale against the Washington Redskins, Romo suspected he suffered a broken rib but did not leave the game early.
Team owner and general manager Jerry Jones seemed impressed by Romo’s toughness.
"You've got to come to the conclusion that this is one tough player, one tough man," Jones said. "He will go out and play in pain and play hurt."