Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s back was the major topic of conversation at head coach Jason Garrett’s press conference on Wednesday. The message? Well, Romo is still day-to-day with a bad back.
Beyond that, Garrett used the words “not overly comfortable” to describe Romo’s physical state.
“It seems like he is feeling a little bit better,” he said. “But we have a number of guys who are injured on our team and we evaluate them the same way and we see how they’re feeling.”
Much has happened in the 48 hours since Garrett talked to the media on Monday, not all of which has been confirmed by the Cowboys.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told listeners on his radio show on Tuesday that there was a chance Romo could play, even though he is believe to be dealing with a herniated disk in his back. Jones would only go so far as to say Romo was dealing with back spasms and that “there is nothing structurally that will rule him out if he feels good and is cleared to play. Nothing.”
Note that Jones said “cleared to play,” meaning that Romo would need to be medically cleared to play before a decision could be made about his status.
Also on Tuesday the Cowboys signed a familiar face to serve as a third quarterback – 41-year-old Jon Kitna. Kitna served as Romo’s immediate backup for his final three NFL seasons and played nine games for the Cowboys in 2010 after Romo broke his collarbone. He went 4-5 as a starter.
The Cowboys worked out David Carr, Tyler Thigpen and Jon Skelton on Tuesday, but jumped at the chance to sign Kitna after the current high school football coach called the team and offered his services.
Garrett told the media his reaction was, “Are you serious.”
“He spoke to his family about it, and it just made sense to us,” Garrett said on Wednesday. “We’ll see what he’s able to do here today and over the next couple of days and see how well he functions.”
Kitna likely wouldn’t supplant Kyle Orton as the starter if Romo is not able to play on Sunday against Philadelphia.
Early Wednesday morning ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that Romo received an epidural for back pain after he returned to Dallas on Sunday night. Werder’s report did not specify when the epidural occurred or if it’s had any impact on Romo’s condition. An epidural is designed to reduce back pain and inflammation. Neither Jones nor Garrett mentioned anything about an epidural, saying only that Romo was undergoing the type of treatment that any injured player would undergo.
Under the heading of “things we know for certain,” Romo did not work out on Wednesday. In fact, Garrett told reporters that Romo was not in the Wednesday team and position meetings because he was undergoing treatment.