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September 08, 2013

Tony Romo: "You take hits sometime; you've got to play"

The Cowboys and the crowd of 85,348 held its collective breath when Tony Romo went down in the waning minutes of the first half. It was a flashback to 2010 when Giants linebacker Michael Boley knocked out Romo for the season with a broken collarbone.

“It’s hard not to go to the worst,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. “We were concerned.”

But once Romo walked off the field, it was obvious he was coming back in the game. He played with a fractured rib in Week 2 of the 2011 season and, after leading the Cowboys to a 27-24 overtime victory over San Francisco, he was diagnosed with a punctured lung, too.

Romo is tough.

“It’s part of football,” Romo said. “You take some hits sometime. You’ve got to play. It was no different, just get back out there and play.”

Romo did not have treatment or even X-rays. He will, he said, have further tests today, but he expects to be in the lineup Sunday against the Chiefs.

“I’m going to be fine,” he said. “Mine’s nothing crazy.”

Romo missed one play Sunday against the Giants – a Kyle Orton handoff to DeMarco Murray – before halftime. He was under center following the second-half kickoff. Romo completed 36 of 49 passes for 263 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, though only 75 yards and a touchdown came in the second half.

"You’ve got to come to the conclusion that this is one tough player, one tough man, and he will go out and play in pain and play hurt," Jones said. "We gave him a thorough examination and thought that he could sure go out and play and play well as he did."

-- Charean Williams

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