Romo takes pain-killing shot before game

September, 15, 2013
9/15/13
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KANSAS CITY -- For the second time in three seasons Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo needed a pregame pain-killing injection because of a rib injury.

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Romo completed 30 of 42 passes for 298 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Cowboys' 17-16 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, but said the bruised ribs suffered in the season opener against the New York Giants did not affect him.

“It was fine,” Romo said.

Offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Bill Callahan did not think Romo was bothered by the injury the more the game wore on.

"I think he was ready to roll," Callahan said. "He has tremendous will. And he practiced all week, from Wednesday on. He was sore. But he continued to compete. But I don’t think he would make any excuses, knowing the type of competitor that he is."

Romo did not wear added protection around his ribs for the Chiefs game. He practiced throughout the week without limitations. He said the plan was to see how he felt Sunday morning before deciding on the shot.

In 2011 Romo suffered a punctured lung and cracked rib in a Week 2 overtime win at San Francisco and did not miss a game. In order to play, however, he had pregame injections for several weeks and wore a Kevlar vest for added protection.

Romo said the injury this time is not on the same side as the one he suffered against the 49ers. In the first three quarters Romo completed 22 of 27 passes but was just eight of 15 in the fourth quarter.

“We talked about it throughout the week, just seeing how it would feel and yeah, it got to that point,” Romo said.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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