Cowboys quarterback lasts just 90 seconds in 27 -1 7 pre-season loss to Seattle, but squad says hell be back for week one
Three plays were all it took for Dallas to get yet another trauma scare over Tony Romo.
The quarterback lasted simply 90 seconds into the Cowboys 27 -1 7 preseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday evening before leaving with what appeared at first to be a potentially significant injury, but ended up being minor.
Romo was tackled from behind by Seattles Cliff Avril on the third play from scrimmage as Romo scrambled from the pocket.
He immediately grabbed at his back, crumpled on the field while trainers sprinted from the Dallas sideline and images of Romos injury problems from last year immediately flashed to mind.
Turned out it was all just a scare. Romo strolled off the field without assistance, hurled passes on the sideline and lobbied for a return to the game. Dallas coach Jason Garrett opted to play it safe and Romo donned a baseball hat as a spectator the rest of the night.
That was a perfect timed situation. I was going into the slide and he patently caught me from behind, Romo said.
In a weird route I feel good about the fact that was probably as tough of a hitting I took on the back as Ive had in the last five years. In that regard I feel very lucky that it could hold out and keep going.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones immediately felt the nervousnes, but said there should be no issue with Romo being ready for week one. Romo said his back felt fine other than typical soreness.
I just think everyone had a scare, Jones said. And he was not hurt. He said he wasnt hurt. He wanted to go back in. He could have gone back in and played but I praise Jason. It was his decision.
Avril said he checked with some Dallas players to make sure Romo was OK.
I thought he was going to try to throw it so I tried to swipe down and get his arm but I guess the force merely, whatever, messed his back up. Im never in the business of trying to hurt anybody, Avril said.
What Romo find from the sideline was an impressive initial flash from rookie running backEzekiel Elliott and a solid performance by backup QB Dak Prescott against one of the top defenses in the NFL.
Elliott rushed for 48 yards on seven carries, including a 13 -yard run where he knocked Seattle safety Kam Chancellor backward.
Prescott was solid playing against the majority of members of Seattles starting defense, finishing 17 of 23 for 116 yards, including a 17 -yard TD pass that Jason Witten snatched away from KJ Wright.
I suppose I adjusted really well, Elliott said. It builds my job easier when I play behind that great offensive line. I can only think of one running where someone tackled me that wasnt on the second level.
Russell Wilson and Seattles No1 offense played into the second half, scoring on four of its final five possessions including a pair of TD flings by Wilson.
He found Paul Richardson on a perfectly placed nine-yard intersecting road in the second one-quarter, then improvised, spun, scrambled and hit Tyler Lockett on a nine-yard strike midway through the third one-quarter on his final play.
Wilson finished 16 of 21 for 192 yards, while Christine Michael averaged 8.3 yards per carry as Seattle got its running game going in the second half.
Christine seemed great tonight, I truly thought he looked like a beautiful athlete out there, hitting it and making genuinely decisive cuts and stuff that got him in the secondary, Seattle coach-and-four Pete Carroll said. Theres no reason to think otherwise, hes going to be like that for us.
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