Romo’s Chicago Ribs

Posted on December 8th, by Mike Fisher in All, Dallas Cowboys. No Comments

CHICAGO —  Tony Romo’s performance in last Thursday’s 41-28 victory at Chicago was, by the numbers, his best-ever work in a December road game, starring a QB rating of 138.0. Also notable: As suspected, he’s doing it not only while recovering from two traverse fractures in his back but also with “all-over” problems that include broken ribs.

“It’ll be nice when it’s just about the back instead of all the other junk,” Romo smiled.

Romo  revealed after the win that moved Dallas to 9-4 that he is taking pain-killing shots not only for his back, but also due to the rib problem.COWBOYS_BEARS_FOOTBALL_32169721 In a visit with NFL Network, he labeled all of it “things you go through (in) the season.” Romo probably hurt his ribs in a late-September game. The back fractures came in late October against the Redskins. He’s taken pain-killing injections before games ever since, except in the short week leading up to the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Eagles, during which he played poorly.

“It was definitely a difference,” Romo said of playing without the shot and without the rest. “Some of the things that I did last week leading up I would have changed now. But you don’t know until you do it. I didn’t take a (pain-killer) shot, I actually did a couple things different through the week just to try and get … it just didn’t feel as good.”

But Thursday in Chicago felt good. Dallas is now 6-0 on the road and 9-4 overall. The three years of 8-8 treadmilling is over and Romo’s four-year run of never following up a multi-interception game with another one is intact. Romo was precise against the Bears, with passes to running back DeMarco Murray part of the reason, seccompleting 21-of-26 passes for 205 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

“This week was different,” Romo said. “It felt good.”

Well, at least as good as it can feel with a broken back and broken ribs.

Mike Fisher

Mike Fisher has over 30 years of covering professional sports and has done so based in Dallas since 1990. ‘Fish’ is an award-winning journalist, TV analyst and radio talk-show personality who serves as the Dallas Cowboys’ ‘insider’ for 105.3 The Fan on the radio and as the Dallas Mavericks’ insider for Fox Sports Southwest on TV. Fish is the publisher of , is also a national contributor to FOX Sports, has covered 21 Super Bowls, has authored two best-selling books on the Cowboys (with forewords by Jerry Jones and Troy Aikman) and can be followed at @FishSports on Twitter.

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