Tony Romo led the Dallas Cowboys to a 41-28 victory over the Chicago Bears on Thursday night, ensuring the famous franchise will record its firs winning season since 2009.
The veteran quarterback has navigated the 2014 season exceptionally well when you consider the back surgery he underwent this past offseason. His big hit against the Washington Redskins on October 29 the only time Romo left Cowboys fans with their hearts in their mouths.
We knew that incident added two transverse process fractures to Romo's extensive injury list. Now though, speaking in the aftermath of the Cowboys' win over Chicago, Romo let slip that he has also been playing with a broken rib for the past two months of the NFL season.
As reported by ESPN, Romo confirmed that he had been suiting up with a broken rib for the best part of two months - identifying either the Cowboys' Week three outing against the St. Louis Rams, or their contest against the New Orleans Saints the following week, as the game in which he hurt his ribs.
"It'll be nice when it's just about the back (surgery) instead of all the other junk," Romo told the gathered media.
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Romo's 21-of-26 completed passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns on TNF was his most efficient outing of the season, and marked a stark contrast to his lacklustre display against the Philadelphia Eagles on Thanksgiving.
Change of tactics
With his rib injury now out in the open however it is easier to understand just why Romo may struggle on occasions. And with the QB revealing just what he did differently this week compared to last, it is easy to see why there was such an improvement in Week 14:
"I took a (pain-killing) shot this week," he explained.
"I didn't last week in the Eagles game, and that was a poor decision I think."
The Cowboys will be hoping that Romo can continue to put his growing list of ailments to one side as they bid to make the post-season for the first time in five seasons. Regardless of the end result though there is no doubt that their quarterback is putting his body on the line for the team.