Tony Romo didn’t play Sunday’s 2013 NFL Hall of Fame Game against the Miami Dolphins, but there seems to be little beating around the bush when it comes to his status when the Cowboys come to the Black Hole this Friday. Romo will play.
According to Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPNDallas.com, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said he expects to start Friday against the Raiders, after watching last night’s Hall of Fame Game against the Dolphins.
“Heck yeah,” Romo said of the Raiders game. “Unless something weird happens and we sit everybody again.”
The Cowboys used only four starters, and two of them played a single series last night. Since they were given the fifth preseason game, coach Jason Garrett used it to to get more game snaps for younger players. Not surprising given the tradition of the Hall of Fame Game to be a showcase of players who are trying to crack NFL rosters and being less about getting first team players snaps to prepare them for the regular season.
Romo went through pre-game warmups and was in uniform on Sunday, but wasn’t going to play. Friday’s game in Oakland will be his first live action since an offseason procedure to remove a cyst from his back. Romo has been participating in training camp so his injury can’t be too severe to keep him off of the field.
For the Raiders Romo’s status likely won’t affect much in the preseason game other than giving the defense a chance of seeing a starting quarterback for a handful of series on Friday. Don’t expect to see much more of Romo than what you saw on Sunday as teams are fairly cautious during Week One of the preseason.