x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Dallas to make late call on Romo

If Dallas Cowboy's quarterback Tony Romo is out, veteran Brad Johnson, 40, would get his first start for nearly two years.

Dallas Cowboys will make a late decision on whether their quarterback Tony Romo will play against the St Louis Rams.
Dallas Cowboys will make a late decision on whether their quarterback Tony Romo will play against the St Louis Rams.

The Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo did not participate in practice on Friday and has been listed as questionable for tomorow's game against the St Louis Rams. Four days after being diagnosed with a broken finger on his throwing hand, Romo was essentially a spectator during the Cowboys' workout. Although the Cowboys coach Wade Phillips did not disclose details regarding Romo's playing status, team owner Jerry Jones said that the two-time Pro Bowler will play against the Rams.

Jones said: "It's very likely that he'll be ready to play. The question is, can he handle the pain?" Phillips said a decision on Romo, who was expected to miss two to four weeks with the injury, has yet to be made. However, it appears as though the decision if Romo will play is not up to Phillips. "Whatever Jerry says, I'm going with," Phillips said of his view on his player's fitness. Jones also said there is no concern about Romo causing further damage to the finger he injured in last Sunday's 30-24 loss to Arizona.

Romo wore different protection on his right hand on Friday to the one he had for Thursday's practice. NFL-best 14 touchdowns. If Romo is indeed out, veteran Brad Johnson, 40, would get his first start since Dec 17, 2006 when he was a member of the Minnesota Vikings. * PA Sport