Thursday, November 28, 2013
Tony Romo delivers despite illness
By Todd Archer
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has played through a fractured rib and a punctured lung. He’s played through a bruised hand and a bruised back.
Add playing through a virus to the list.
Romo completed 23 of 32 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown in the Cowboys' 31-24 win against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. He needed a series of intravenous fluids after he became ill Wednesday night at the team hotel.
“This is the NFL,” Romo said. “You play through anything. Guys played through a lot worse than what I was dealing with, I promise you that.”
Romo and the Cowboys got off to a slow start against the Raiders, but he got hot on the final drive of the first half, completing five of seven passes for 69 yards to set up DeMarco Murray's 4-yard touchdown run that cut Oakland’s lead to 21-14.
In the second half, Romo completed all 12 passes and connected with Dez Bryant on a 4-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to give him at least one TD pass in 25 straight games.
“He got sick last night and was throwing up,” coach Jason Garrett said of his QB. “Didn’t have a great look on his face from a physical standpoint. Looked a little drawn to me. We talked about the great Joe Montana story and the Cotton Bowl. We didn’t actually get him the chicken soup, but we tried to get a little drama going so he could respond to it. I think as much as anything else, when he got out there I think he started feeling good, particularly on that drive before the half, and I think it carried into the second half.”