Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and his now mysterious back injury are currently in a state of limbo.
A CT Scan ruled out a skeletal injury, a season-ending injury or anything related to the back surgery he underwent Dec. 27 to repair a herniated disk.
There is no guarantee Romo will practice this week or play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Romo’s status largely remains in doubt because of questions concerning his pain tolerance and his ability to function with the injury.
It likely comes down to a game-time decision on Sunday.
“I’m just taking it day by day,” Romo said Wednesday. “I went and got a CT scan and talked to doc and went through all the stuff you’ve got to go through. Just take it day by day. I don’t want to get into specifics about what it is. We’ve already looked at it. It will be something you’ll look at each day. It’s unrelated to [the] previous [injury]. ...You’ve got to figure out a way to manage it and go from there.”
Romo was injured in the third quarter of Monday’s 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins when he took a knee to the back on a sack from linebacker Keenan Robinson. Romo returned to the game in the fourth quarter after X-rays came back negative. Doctors diagnosed the injury as a contusion.
Asked on Wednesday about the exact nature of the injury, the Cowboys now have gotten vague.
“You’ve got to talk to the doc and training staff for that stuff. All these different terms,” Romo said.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was similarly obtuse when asked if the injury was still diagnosed as a severe bruise.
“It came from physical contact, yes,” Garrett said.
Asked why the decision to play wasn’t as simple taking a pain-killing shot, as he did when he returned to the field on Monday, Romo had no good answer.
“That’s a good question. I don’t know. You’ve got to ask the trainers about that stuff,” he said.
But Romo made it clear that if it was just about tolerating pain, he will play in the game as he has done many times in the past. The decision will be based on his ability to function and do all the things necessary to succeed at the quarterback position.
“If it turns out to be just a pain tolerance, I will play,” Romo said. “That part has never been an issue. But we’ve got to wait and see. It will be about your ability to be productive in some fashion. That part of it we will continue to evaluate.”
Again the good news for Romo and the Cowboys is that the injury has nothing to do with the two back surgeries he has had in consecutive off-seasons.
“No, it has nothing to do with back surgery or anything like that,” Romo said. “It’s different. It’s not like anything to do with disk trouble or anything like that, so we dodged a bullet in that regard.”