Punctured lung and cracked ribs for Romo equals questionable for Week 3? Really!

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:39 AM ET

TORONTO - Question Tony Romo’s sanity, but not his toughness.

Not only did the Dallas Cowboys quarterback lead the team to a comeback win in San Francisco on Sunday with a cracked rib, he also did it with a punctured lung.

It probably wasn’t the brightest move for Romo to check back in after missing most of the third quarter, but Romo was under intense heat for yakking up a game the week before.

Surely that paid a huge part in his desire to re-enter and rally the Cowboys to a stunning win in overtime.

Later, it was determined that he punctured his lung and had pneumothorax, or air and gas around his lungs.

One would think in this day and age that Dallas’ training staff would make the call on Romo’s status for next Monday night’s game against Washington, but, apparently, that only happens for concussion or head issues.

Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones told KRLD-FM on Tuesday that Romo overruled the medical team on Sunday and will again decide whether he suits up.

“We’ll just have to see how it goes. It has everything to do with just his ability to handle the pain, and we know he has a bunch of it,” Jones said.

“We’ll see how that goes. He’ll be monitored obviously extremely closely regarding the pneumothorax and we’ll see how it goes.”

Romo had said on Sunday that he would play against Washington since the pain couldn’t be “any worse.”

Head coach Jason Garrett also has said he expects his quarterback to play.

Far less likely to face Washington is star Cowboys receiver Miles Austin, who caught three touchdown passes against the 49ers but hurt his already sore hamstring.

The Cowboys signed wide receiver Laurent Robinson as a precaution and released cornerback Bryan McCann.

On the good news front, corner Terence Newman tweeted that he expects to make his season debut against Washington.

OH NO, ROSCOE

Everything has gone right for the 2-0 Buffalo Bills this season.

Until now.

Explosive wide receiver/returner Roscoe Parrish will miss the rest of the season after picking up an ankle injury.

The Bills, who have already lost Marcus Easley for the season, quickly activated Naaman Roosevelt from the practice squad.

Parrish missed the second half of 2010 with a broken wrist and had not yet been a factor in 2011, but was always a threat to make a big play.

DEAL FOR NGATA

Baltimore defensive lineman Haloti Ngata has signed a five-year, $61-million U.S. extension with the team. Ngata just beat the 4 p.m. ET deadline for franchise players to sign extensions. The two-time Pro Bowler has missed just two games since becoming a Week 1 starter as a rookie in 2006. Miami’s Paul Soliai and San Diego’s Vincent Jackson failed to ink extensions.

QUICK HITS

Jacksonville head coach Jack Del Rio isn’t letting on who his starter will be this week. Luke McCown was terrible last week, while rookie Blaine Gabbert looked pretty good, but Del Rio isn’t ready to say what he’s decided, if, in fact he has made a call ... Looks like NFL and CFL legend Warren Moon was right about Cam Newton. He took a lot of heat for saying Newton would be a star, but after a record-setting first two weeks for the Panthers rookie, Moon said he’s “getting a lot of calls from people that are saying, ‘I understand what you were talking about now. And I see it.’ ” Moon said he believes some of the shots taken at Newton were racially based ... Miami has released running back Larry Johnson ... The Packers won the Super Bowl despite a ton of injuries and will have to defend the title minus Pro Bowl safety Nick Collins. Collins will miss the entire season because of a neck injury suffered vs. Carolina on Sunday ... Eagles head coach Andy Reid has not ruled out a return for Michael Vick against the New York Giants. Vick suffered a concussion against Atlanta ... Houston star Arian Foster did not run with his teammates on Monday and the Texans said his stats will be evaluated on Wednesday. Foster reaggravated the hamstring injury that kept him out of Week 1. There is little reason to rush him, Ben Tate has been tremendous in his absence ... Minnesota safety Tyrell Johnson has been arrested for suspicion of impaired driving ... Archie Manning told ESPN that his son, Peyton is feeling “better” following his latest neck surgery, but said he is not sure if Peyton will be able to play this season. “He’s in better spirits. We’ll see what happens,” said the elder Manning. Manning would not confirm a report that his son had undergone stem-cell treatment in Europe ... San Francisco wide receiver Braylon Edwards is day-to-day with a knee sprain. Edwards only lasted three plays on Sunday. Not good for a team already missing Michael Crabtree.

Tim Tebow played receiver at times on Sunday against Cincy. Don’t get used to it.

Though the calls to switch the young QB to either tight end or wide receiver started long before he was even drafted by Denver, Broncos head coach John Fox reiterated this week that he still sees Tebow as a signal-caller. Period.

“We’ll list him on the program as a quarterback,” Fox said on Monday.

Tebow only lined up as a receiver because the team was beset by injuries at the position. When star Brandon Lloyd was held out, Denver was down to three available receivers. Then Eddie Royal went down ... as well as tight end Julius Thomas, forcing Tebow into action.

But Kyle Orton completed just 15 passes, none to Tebow.

Eric Decker, making his first NFL start, caught five of the passes, two for touchdowns and Denver won the game 24-22.

Fox did concede that Tebow: “Does have a skillset outside of a lot of quarterbacks.”

However, don’t expect to see him at receiver again this week, even though Royal, Thomas and Lloyd all might be unavailable. The team will look to its practice roster or free agency — and Demaryius Thomas is thought to be close to a return.


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