Tony Romo is probable for the Dallas Cowboys as they take on the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley, London today after proving to staff that he has recovered from the latest in a long line of back injuries.
There had been doubts over his availability at the start of the week with Romo missing the Cowboys' first practice session in the UK, and of course having missed the team's last game entirely as the injury picked up in the latter stages of their game against the Washington Redskins in Week Eight continued to hinder the veteran QB.
But Tony Romo is no stranger to injury and has never been one to back down and accept defeat when his body might be telling him otherwise. And with the quarterback looking set to suit up under center on Sunday afternoon one of his friends and fellow teammates, Tight End Jason Witten, revealed to GiveMeSport that the entire Cowboys roster takes motivation from seeing the way their leader handles such tough situations.
"One thing you can't really question is the toughness and the will that he has" - Witten on Romo.
During his time in the league Tony Romo has come under criticism from some quarters for his play on the field with some Cowboys fans at times asking whether he was the right man to lead the franchise back to glory.
But Witten was keen to remind everyone just how many times Romo had put his body on the line for the team with the veteran QB having at least two serious surgeries and a host of ailments to prove it.
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"One thing you can't really question is the toughness and the will that he has," Witten explained this week.
"He's shown it time and time again through his career and...the injuries that he's overcome and just the way that he prepares and put himself through it.
"I think as we (the team) look at that it makes us all play better because if your quarterback has that approach it makes it a lot easier for everyone else to show that same toughness."
Romo of course came back into the Week Eight contest against the Redskins despite taking a big hit on his already vulnerable back and while the Cowboys failed to secure the win in that game Witten spoke of his admiration for the sheer competitive spirit that Tony Romo has displayed in recent times.
"A lot of people were wondering if he would be able to come back (after the offseason surgery). His mind set is just that of the ultimate competitor.
"His whole mind set in coming back in those games is 'I want to win'...and I think that toughness flows throughout our football team."
Witten will be hoping that he, Romo and the rest of the Cowboys team will be able to show that toughness today as they take on a 1-8 Jacksonville. But one thing is for sure, the return of Tony ROmo to the starting line up will certainly give them a boost in achieving a win both in technical and mental terms.
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