Tight end Jason Witten has played with quarterback Tony Romo since he was named starter in 2006 and has seen him play through a number of injuries in the past.
So while the prognosis does not look good for Romo to play in Sunday's game against the Eagles with a herniated disc in his back, Witten wouldn't be surprised if he found some way to play. He has yet to practice, attend team meetings or be cleared by the doctors.
"I wouldn't count him out until he's out," Witten said. "There's no question. That wouldn't surprise me, but I do think obviously this is different situation (it) seems like with the back and however that plays out. But you've got to prepare with Kyle (Orton) and go as if that's the case and then see how it plays out."
Right now it doesn't look good, which Witten can't deny.
He's seen Romo hobble walk around the team facility the past two getting treatment and wasn't a pretty sight.
“I’ve seen him around,’’ Witten replied.
Was he walking OK?
“Define OK,’’ Witten said as he laughed. "I don't talk about injuries."
Witten admitted it was strange preparing for game with Romo who battled through injuries in the past but somehow found his way to the practice field during the week to get ready for the following game.
"Obviously it's never a good day when No. 9 isn't out there leading the charge," But it's part of football and I think Kyle has done a great job coming in. A true pro. Always prepared, always communicating, so that when this opportunity did present itself he was taking advantage of it and trying to fill a void. Obviously, Tony is a pretty special player and it's hard to replace a guy like that, but Kyle has been a great player all year, the last two years, he has a great rapport with the guys."
Clarence E. Hill Jr.