Sunday marks the official start of NFL games for the 2013 season with the first preseason game of August in Canton as the Dallas Cowboys take on the Miami Dolphins in the annual Week One preseason Hall of Fame Game.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has been the subject of most of the lead up into the game as after getting offseason surgery on his back and reporting to camp overweight, Romo’s status for Sunday has been up in the air for much of the last two weeks. As everyone wondered out loud whether or not Romo would come out to play the first series or two for Dallas, Romo remained quiet about the situation as did the Cowboys staff.
Now Romo has came out and said that he doesn’t think he is going to participate in what is an extra preseason game for the Dolphins and Cowboys.
Via Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News, that’s what Romo said Friday when asked about the preseason opener on Sunday. Coach Jason Garrett still declined to confirm that Romo won’t play, although Garrett’s initial comments on the topic from more than a week ago provided a pretty strong clue that Romo won’t make the usual one-series cameo appearance at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.
One one hand, it’s no big deal for Romo to miss anywhere from three to 10 snaps. On the other hand, if he can’t suit up for anywhere from three to 10 snaps it is obvious that he is having issues from offseason surgery to remove a benign cyst from his back.
It is an extra game, but if Romo’s status isn’t better for Friday’s preseason game against Oakland it might be time to worry in Dallas considering that Jerry Jones just gave Romo a huge pile of money this spring. They will want their investment back to full health ASAP.