Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

23 Dec 2013

Tony Romo Done for Year with Back Injury

Well, this changes things a bit, especially when it comes to press-written narratives. Tony Romo suffered a back injury in yesterday's win over Washington, a herniated disk in the lumbar region. He toughed it out enough to make the comeback and win the game, but the injury requires surgery and apparently is so bad he won't be able to play the rest of the season. That means Kyle Orton will start against the Eagles in the must-win Week 17 game. Good thing the Cowboys went out last year and got maybe the best backup quarterback in the game. Unfortunately, the current DVOA ratings aren't so high on the Cowboys' chances even if Romo were healthy, despite being at home. The playoff odds report gives them a 29.3 percent chance to win the game.

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 23 Dec 2013

27 comments, Last at 16 Jan 2014, 4:53am by Nike Free Cheap


by theslothook :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 6:28pm

Ouch. The biggest grimace comes from the magpies who had 3/4 of their columns prewritten about romo's perceived shortcomings in the clutch. oh well, maybe they'll just spin this as Jerry's way of protecting romos fragile psyche.

by Lance :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 6:40pm

Te-BOW!!! Te-BOW!!

More seriously, I'm hearing conflicting reports-- DMN has Garrett saying Romo is day-to-day but notes that ESPN has Romo as being out. Maybe Garrett is just throwing up a smoke screen, or perhaps they really are going to wait on surgery?

by hmyeah (not verified) :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 6:45pm

Tebow on the Cowboys would make Skip Bayless unable to leave his house for days.

by justanothersteve :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 8:13pm

As much as I don't think Tebow will ever be a viable NFL starting QB, I would love to see this for the sheer spectacle.

by dmstorm22 :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 6:49pm

Well, NBC was kind of tied in a corner, but this could make that final game tough viewing.

Coming to think of it, has the NBC Week 17 finale in the flex era ever been a great game? Last year's may have been the best. Previously we had the Giants blowing the doors of Dallas in 2011, the Chargers blowing the doors of Denver in 2008, The Seahawks winning a division at 7-9 in 2010, and then two games where one team rested its starters against a team that needed a win to get a wild card (2007 Titans over Colts, 2009 Jets over Bengals). I can't name off the top of my head what it was in 2006, but that could have been a good game.

by dmstorm22 :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 7:00pm

And because I'm bored I went back and looked and apparently it was Packers @ Bears, a game that seemingly was in no way meaningful. The Bears rested their starters, and the Packers, despite winning, didn't qualify for the playoffs at 8-8. No idea what the other options for NBC was.

by Travis :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 7:14pm

Packers-Bears 2006 was one of many possible "Favre's last games." There was also talk that NBC wanted a New Year's Eve night game in the Chicago cold.

Looking at the other possibilities:
Giants-Redskins, win-and-in for the Giants, was locked in as the Saturday game.
Raiders-Jets, win-and-in for the Jets, would mean putting the 2-13 Art Shell Raiders in prime time.
Broncos-49ers, win-and-in for the Broncos, had the 6-9 (and worse than their record) 49ers.
Any other team was just playing for seeding or could have been eliminated before the game started.

by Sporran :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 7:27pm

I'm also pretty sure this was before NBC could flex games into that slot. Therefore, they had to pick the game before the season started.

by Bjorn Nittmo :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 7:26pm

I don't believe NBC had any options prior to 2008 -- I think that's the first year the NFL started doing the flex schedule for late-season games.

by Travis :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 7:45pm

Flexible Sunday-night scheduling started in 2006, when NBC got the package.


by dmstorm22 :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 7:46pm

Yeah, I think you're right, now that I remember it.

They could still flex games, but they had to pick the game a few weeks in advance like every other week.

by Bjorn Nittmo :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 7:25pm

Giants did not blow the doors off Dallas in 2011. Yes, final was 31-14 and halftime score was 21-0 Giants, but most of the 2nd half had Dallas crawling back to make it a game. It was 21-14 midway through the 4th, and arguably a great catch by Victor Cruz on 3rd and long from deep within Giants territory saved the Giants' butts. (Not that I, a Giants fan, ever doubted for a second the Giants would win, having seen them survive similar scares against the Eagles in 2010 or vs. the 49ers in the 2002 playoffs. Oh, wait...)

by dmstorm22 :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 7:45pm

Blow the doors off may be overstating it, but I never thought Dallas would win. It was a pretty boring game.

by Bjorn Nittmo :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 8:03pm

Not for Giants fans.

by Michael LaRocca (not verified) :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 7:02pm

Orton hears a boo

by Raiderjoe :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 8:03pm

Proton sjoild be better than J. Webb in crap plaoyff game vs Paclers

by Noah Arkadia :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:18pm

LaRocca throws... TD!

The man with no sig

by NoraDaddy :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 10:01pm

I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. A Bear's, umm Bronco's, umm Chief's, umm Cowboy's faithful one hundred percent.

by Andy (not verified) :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 8:14pm

Although it's unlikely he'll play, there's been no actual conformation that he won't. NFL.com is saying it's "day to day" as of now.

by Hurt Bones :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:16pm

Apparently they're working out John Skelton and David Carr. Though when I first read it, I saw it as the skeleton of David Carr.

by Noah Arkadia :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 9:17pm

Playoff odds page says 36.8% of winning the division, not 29.3%. And there's no chance they can win the division unless they win, so what gives.

The man with no sig

by RickD :: Mon, 12/23/2013 - 10:50pm

I'm seeing 36.8% with a +7.5% from last week.

So it was 29.3% last week.

by jonnyblazin :: Tue, 12/24/2013 - 10:01am

Even Tony Romo's health isn't clutch.

by Hurt Bones :: Tue, 12/24/2013 - 10:13am

A real clutch QB would injure his back in March lifting a piano or something, not in Week 16.

by bernie (not verified) :: Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:11am

The only thing I can imagine happening now, is IF ORton starts, the Cowboys will win the game, and then we'll see a massive shitshow of people calling for Romo to be replaced by Orton permanently.

by TomC :: Thu, 12/26/2013 - 5:39pm

My favorite thing about the notion of Orton starting Sunday night is that if Dallas wins, it energizes not only the anti-Romo mob but also the anti-Cutler mob (because Orton will have "beaten" the team that Cutler could not "beat" last week).

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