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Tony Romo played through broken rib, punctured lung

Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Tony Romo

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) passes as San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith (99) and defensive tackle Justin Smith (94) try and tackle him in the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)


Tony Romo’s late-game heroics in San Francisco Sunday came while he was playing in serious pain.

Romo reportedly suffered both a fractured rib and a punctured lung against the 49ers.

Although Romo left the game for most of the third quarter, he returned and played brilliantly in the fourth quarter and overtime as the Cowboys went from down 24-14 to winning 27-24.

The injury apparently came in the third play of the game, when 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks hit Romo. But Romo managed to play through the rest of the first half before eventually getting a painkilling injection and sitting out the third quarter while waiting for it to take effect.

Romo finished the game completing 20 of 33 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said he expects Romo to play next Monday night against the Redskins.