Cowboys Romo Works To Manage The Pain

Mike Fisher | @fishsports

IRVING, Texas (105.3 THE FAN) – As the Dallas Cowboys continue to monitor Tony Romo’s health following a violent blow to his back in Monday’s loss to Washington, the quarterback continues to attempt to manage the pain on his way to a rapid return to the field.

“If it turns out to be just the pain tolerance, I will play,’’ Romo says. “That part has never been an issue. But you’ve got to wait to see. It will be about your ability to be productive in some fashion. That part of it, we will continue to evaluate.’’

More effort to manage the situation: Romo sat out Wednesday’s team workout  in preparation for Sunday’s visit from the Cardinals.

“At this time, we have nothing medically that would prevent him from playing,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones tells “Shan & RJ” on The Fan. “What I mean by that is that there’s nothing to his injury that technically won’t function. This is a function of pain tolerance.”

The pain tolerance is one of the reasons for the first pain-killing shot administered during the game Monday. Look for that consideration to come up again this week.

As the Cowboys continue to test Romo medically, they are inching off insisting that  the nature of his back injury is a “contusion” but insisting its not anything structural that could be season-ending. One source close to Romo says it’s “quite probable” that the QB’s present problems include everything from spasms to blood in his urine.

Coach Jason Garrett calls Romo “day-to-day” and adds that he could play on Sunday even with very limited practice work during a week in which backup Brandon Weeden may take most of the snaps. Cowboys sources also tell 105.3 The Fan that reports that Romo will be held out of the game and maybe even left home next Monday when the club travels to London for a game against the Jaguars are premature. Romo says he’s simply trying to focus on being better for Thursday.

“At a certain point there needs to be a shift in the way you feel that shows you’re able to do the fundamental things that need to get done,’’ Romo says. “From there, you need to get the doctor’s clearance. You take those steps and go.’’

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