The prayer of Tony Romo taking the needle to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles is dead as Jason Garrett announced that Romo has had back surgery on Friday morning.
"We had been hoping he would respond to the injection he was getting," Jerry Jones said this morning on 105.3 The Fan. "It was apparent this morning he was not responding. Everybody agreed we ought to have surgery this morning."
The Cowboys gave a 33-year-old quarterback coming off back surgery a six-year contract worth $108 million, $55 mil' guaranteed. Romo has had TWO back surgeries in eight months.
This deal makes the Roy Williams (both of them) contracts look genius.
March 29, 2013: Romo signed a six-year deal worth $108 million, $55 million guaranteed.
May 22, 2013: Romo had surgery to remove a cyst on his back.
In late July, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett refers to Romo with an "injury". There had been rumors that Romo suffered a herniated disc as far back as the offseason, and now at this point we know his back is not perfect. I wrote this column that we should all be scared to death about Romo's back.
Dec. 22, 2013: Romo suffered a herniated disc in the second-half of a season-saving win at Washington. Clearly he was hurt during the game as the majority of his second-half passes lacked zip, and were lofts more than throws.
"It was a super human effort to finish that game," Jerry said on the 105.3 The Fan this morning. Hard to argue that.
Dec. 27, 2013: Romo has season-ending surgery to repair his back.
"It had nothing to do with his cyst that that been treated and surgery for in the spring," Jerry said. "The MRI said that area is doing well. They are not related in any way."
Ask anyone who has had back problems - bad backs never get right again - they get less worse. Or just ask Troy Aikman about bad backs.
Romo is expected to be back for offseason workouts.
We should not expect his back to ever be the same again.
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