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Dr. Jones plays “pain tolerance” card with Romo’s back


As the 6-2 Cowboys prepare to face the 6-1 Cardinals, the biggest question relates to whether quarterback Tony Romo will play.

Owner Jerry Jones (who is neither a doctor nor plays one on TV but makes more money than any of them so that counts for something, right?) explained during one of his twice-weekly segments with 105.3 The Fan in Dallas/Fort Worth that the question will hinge largely on Romo’s ability to tolerate pain.

Which is a roundabout way of saying if Tony Romo is tough, he’ll play.

Romo had an MRI on Tuesday, and the team hasn’t disclosed any specific information regarding the contents of the images or their impact on his diagnosis and prognosis. Some signs point to Romo missing time.

Based on the assessment from Dr. Jones, any missed time apparently will result not from Romo’s inability to move but from his inability to deal with the pain resulting from the movements.

“He can play,” Jones said, repeating the point throughout the interview. “He technically relative to the medical aspect he can play.”

And then he said it again near the end: “He can play without further damage.”

So, basically, if Tony Romo is tough, he’ll play.