Tony Romo’s back is the “iPhone without a protective case” of backs. You may get a day out of it, maybe a month, maybe even a year if you’re lucky. But, eventually it’ll hit the ground and break. At this point in his career, it’s seemingly a matter of time for Romo.
Just three plays into Thursday’s preseason game against the Seahawks, Romo went down in a heap when he was sacked from behind by Seattle Defensive End Cliff Avril. The hit left Romo writhing in pain on the ground with another back injury, and instantly deflated the hopes of a Cowboys fan base that had visions of a Super Bowl run in 2016.
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) August 26, 2016
The news from the Cowboys immediately following the game was optimistic, Tony Romo even commented that he could have re-entered the game if necessary. Great news!
Fast forward a couple days, and the initial optimism has given way to the reality that it’s unlikely Romo will be back anytime soon. Although the Cowboys have officially announced Romo’s status as “Day to Day”, conflicting media reports have speculated he could be out as long as 6 – 10 weeks.
Listen to Dr. John Michels, MD describe the specific nature of Romo’s injury and it doesn’t sound like he’s coming back for a while, let alone Week 1. But, hey, what does he know? He’s just a medical doctor, and you’re a mall security guard. You’re right, you probably know better.
— John Michels (@DrJohnMichels) August 28, 2016
Either way, it looks like the Cowboys need to replace their phone, whether it’s this year or next. Enter rookie Dak Prescott.
Prescott has easily had the best preseason of any rookie, maybe the best preseason of any player in the NFL. He’s shown mobility, a strong arm, and capable decision making, but, preseason is preseason and Week 1 is a different planet from a scheme and game plan perspective. For the contingent of clamoring Prescott supporters, it’s put up or shut up time.
Maybe in the long run, it’s better for the future of the organization. At least you’ll know what you have in Prescott. Half a season should prove whether you’ve found the next Drew Henson or, hopefully, the next…..Tony Romo. Then, you can all rejoice that you have your next savior or finally shut up about it.