The feeling in the DFW area these days can only be described as weird. Tony Romo’s second back surgery in less than a year has produced a wide variety of opinions regarding the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback and the team’s chances in a Week 17 winner-take-all contest against the Philadelphia Eagles for the NFC East division title. But the one thing that many are deeming to be a safe assumption is anything but that: Romo will be back in 2014.
In case you don’t know, a herniated disc is a big deal, especially for a man who will be 34 in April. Some research and discussion with a family practice doctor revealed that a lot of patients never fully recover from this injury. Now, most patients aren’t professional athletes, especially NFL players with $100 million contracts, but Romo’s body doesn’t exactly resemble that of LeBron James.
Here’s the deal: Rumors are floating around Valley Ranch about Romo possibly not returning from this injury. Now it’s also important to note that Romo’s surgery earlier this year was just to remove a cyst in his back, but now those close to the situation are saying that first operation was a bigger deal than originally thought, especially coupled with this latest one.
Jean Jacques-Taylor of ESPN Dallas must have also caught wind of those rumors because he tweeted the following shortly after the surgery ended:
Two years in a row with back surgery for Romo. Back issues ended Troy’s career at 34. This is serious
— Jean-Jacques Taylor (@JJT_ESPNDallas) December 27, 2013
Now this also came after Troy Aikman came out to say his career ended because of back injuries and not concussions, which is contrary to popular belief, as he stated.
It’s important to note here that Aikman’s statement came after the rumor surfaced regarding the doubt about Romo’s future. But now that the Cowboys’ 2014 season could possibly be played without No. 9 under center, it’s critical for Dallas’ brass to plan for a worst-case scenario.
Thankfully, there are several solid quarterbacks available in the 2014 NFL Draft, although Dallas would be better off trading for a young veteran like Kirk Cousins, but that’s another Rant. Just start preparing for the worst, Cowboys fans, because this is a real possibility.