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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Tony Romo's absence is too much

By Calvin Watkins

Jason Garrett walked to the podium at the Cowboys practice facility on Monday afternoon like it was a normal day.

He smiled to reporters and asked how they were doing.

Things were not normal.

But Garrett tried to make it as such.

Quarterback Tony Romo has back issues so severe sources are telling ESPN he will miss the rest of the season.

Garrett won't confirm Romo's absence for the Eagles game on Sunday. Garrett handed out the standard answers for Romo as if he were the defensive end and not the franchise quarterback.

Treatment and evaluation is what Garrett basically said.

The loss of Romo might be too much to overcome for the Cowboys. Losing Romo will hurt on the field but emotionally the Cowboys might be unable to handle this.

This entire season has been drama filled.

Jay Ratliff's feud with Jerry Jones, the loss of Anthony Spencer to knee surgery, Brian Waters season-ending triceps tear, Dez Bryant's outburst in Detroit, his departure from the field at Cowboys Stadium with 1:21 remaining in the game, a change in the structure to who signals in the plays, defensive injuries and now this.

Romo, the franchise quarterback, the man whom Jerry Jones extended to a $108 million contract will miss the biggest game of the season.

It's one thing to push through adversity on the field, but another when injuries pile up so much, you can't do anything about it.

This Cowboys' team won't give up on their season, but emotionally can this group survive this?

“It's the next man up philosophy,” Garrett said. “Again that's alive and well in our organization. That is something we believe in. Our belief in it. We try as best we can in our organization to make sure we can absorb different injuries at all positions and put our roster together in such a way that if something does happen to one of our players we can put the next guy in and be a team that can function successfully.”

The biggest drama regarding the Cowboys on Sunday was their dramatic victory over the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., where they overcame a nine point fourth-quarter deficit.

They overcame adversity in the game and kept their season alive.

Losing Romo might just be too much for them to handle.