I was already on record saying this season may be the last for Tony Romo as the Cowboys QB and possibly his last in the NFL; I didn’t think his injury issues would start in game 3 of the preseason. Tony “Glass Menagerie” Romo left Thursday’s game against Seattle after a whopping 3 plays with a lower back injury. While it was an “awkward” hit, it wasn’t terrible and Romo is bound to take far worse shots during the regular season; how many more hits can he take? The talk after the game was all positive, and Romo feeling good, nothing serious to report and he could have returned to the game if needed. That’s not really the point is it? Nobody accuses Romo of being a wuss, he is as tough as they come; but his body is failing him on a structural level. The fact he can play through pain and is a gamer isn’t doing the Cowboys organization or their fans any favors. Bottom line, Romo’s best days are clearly behind him and it won’t be long before Dak Prescott becomes the guy under center for the Cowboys.
While it’s only preseason, Prescott has played above expectations and turned in some of the best performances among all rookie QB’s so far; 39-50 454 yards, 5 TD’s and 0 INT. Can’t ask for much more than that from Tom Brady let alone a rookie with 3 preseason games under his belt. When Prescott drops back to pass, there is a palpable excitement about what he is going to do. When Romo drops back, a gurney and ambulance are on standby and all the fans have to hold their breath that he survives. That is not path to success in the NFL. Romo is not going to win a Super Bowl with Dallas, and he is risking his long term health with every snap he plays. It is time for the Cowboys to turn the page and embrace the future in Prescott instead of clinging to the quasi – glorious past of Tony Romo.
Update: Tony Romo has now been ruled out for 6-10 weeks.