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After Further Review, Romo's Back is a Major Concern

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    Tony Romo missed Wednesday’s practice because of “tightness” in his back.

    Altogether now, Uh-oh.

    We all saw Romo gimping around last Sunday in Nashville. Gingerly not avoiding the rush. Not forcefully stepping into throws, causing his passes to be void of both velocity and accuracy. It was clear that something was wrong.

    And still is.

    Romo assured reporters at Valley Ranch that he will play Sunday in St. Louis, but the fact that he missed a key practice because of his surgically repaired back is alarming news. Head coach Jason Garrett did say that Romo’s pain wasn’t significant enough to warrant an MRI. The quarterback spent the practice in the Cowboys’ weight room working on back exercises.

    “It’s going to pop up,” Romo said Wednesday afternoon. “I’m sure it’ll happen throughout the rest of the season. You’ll see a day here or there. It’s the same as the arm. Sometimes your arm gets tired. It’s just obviously more talked about because of having surgery on the back. You play this game. It’s a very violent, physical game, and you throw the ball a lot and you do all these things. Sometimes it’s just that tightness stuff comes up. You prefer obviously to do everything 100 percent of the time, but you can’t always do that. I’ll be fine.”

    Because of his limited mobility and hesitance to scramble and run out of the pocket, Romo has already been sacked seven times in 73 dropbacks through two games.

    We were led to believe that Romo was 100 percent healthy heading into the season. Wednesday’s absence proves that he’s not.

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.