Tony Romo cracked a rib and punctured a lung the last time the Cowboys played the 49ers. But after he rallied the Cowboys from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to a 27-24 overtime victory, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh might have hurt worse.
Harbaugh expressed his deep appreciation for Romo’s game during a conference call with the Cowboys’ media at Valley Ranch on Wednesday.
“A deep bruise. It took a while for that one to go away,” Harbaugh said when reminded of the 2011 game in San Francisco. “But great respect for Tony Romo and what he’s accomplished through the body of his work through his career. What he did on that day, we all saw him leave the game and come back and engineer a fourth-quarter comeback. It was most impressive. I knew he was great. I’ve always thought that of Tony Romo. But he climbed another rung on my ladder of esteem, and I didn’t think he had anymore rungs to go after what I’d seen, but he definitely gained another one that day.”
In that game, Romo completed 20 of 33 passes for 345 yards, two touchdowns and a 116.4 rating despite only two throws coming while he was healthy.
Romo hasn’t played since Week 16 last season when he pulled out a victory over the Redskins despite a herniated disk in his back. The Cowboys limited his work during the off-season and in training camp.
Harbaugh, though, expects the same ol’ Romo on Sunday.
“Yes, that’s what we expect,” Harbaugh said. “It’s a great challenge. It’s a great challenge. We have great respect for Tony Romo. We treat him like all the greats of the game that are playing today.”