Romo Injures Hand in Lopsided Game with Philly

Saturday, December 24, 2011 - 10:55pm

The Cowboys gambled Saturday and now will find out if it pays off. Instead of playing for a wild-card back up plan by trying to beat Philadelphia, they went all-in with the "win and your in" plan by resting starters in preparation for their season finale with the New York Giants. In the process they were beaten 20-7, but more importantly, Tony Romo suffered an injury on the opening drive that now puts next Sunday's game in question.

Romo was hurt with 9:52 left in the first quarter when Eagles defensive end Jason Babin drove him to the ground on an incomplete pass. Romo was slow to get up and was taken to the locker room for further evaluation.

X-rays revealed no break, just swelling and brusing and Romo says he is optimistic.

"I'll be fine. I think just took a hit from the helmet. We're going to be all right though."

With the Giants beating the Jets earlier in the day the outcome of the Eagles' game meant little. Had the Giants lost, Romo would have campaigned more to return.

"I would've tried very hard," Romo said. "No question. I did a little bit but the coaching staff decided against that."

The upcoming week will be filled with all sorts of similar high-stakes ramifications that will be riding on the finale for both Dallas and New York. Anticipating huge interest -- and high ratings -- that game has been moved to NBC's prime-time Sunday night showcase.

"If at the beginning of the year you told us we would have a chance to win the division in Week 17, we would have jumped at it," tight end Jason Witten said. "We will have to play our best football. It's on the road. It's going to be tough. But that's the environment you have to take. The Giants have been in these situations, too. It's going to be a huge challenge."


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