Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's back injury is well documented. After back surgery last year, he took a knee in the back during the team's Monday Night Football loss to the Washington Redskins. He left the game and then returned at the end, and then he missed practice all week and is listed as questionable for the game on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
A Todd Archer report on Saturday for ESPN revealed Romo has two transverse process fractures in his back, but his status for the game is unchanged. He still might start against the Cardinals.
What is transverse process?
One doctor on Twitter says it is is where back muscles anchor onto the bone and compared a fracture there to a rub fracture. It is painful, but, as we have seen with many NFL players in the past, it is an injury someone can play through.
One line of thinking would hold out Romo this week against the Cardinals, as he did not get any practice time. He could also rest next week for the game the Cowboys have in London against the Jaguars and enter the bye thereafter, giving Romo three weeks to recover.
Another would say if he can play, even with pain, he should play, since this game against Arizona might determine home-field advantage in the postseason. Plus, is Tony Romo with these fractures a better option than a healthy Brandon Weeden. It is something to consider.
Arizona head coach Bruce Arians is not worried either way. He said earlier in the week that game planning would not change because of who plays at quarterback because the Cowboys will still do the same things.
Would you play Romo or make him sit if you were Jason Garrett?