Love him or hate him, Tony Romo’s absence leaves a big hole in this weekend’s NFL proceedings.
Is there any quarterback in the league with the kind of enigmatic range — brilliant one week, tragicomic the next — that absolutely forces you to watch, just to see what might happen? The very fact that he even entertained the thought of playing this weekend with a herniated disc before saner heads prevailed tells you something about him.
Whether or not the Dallas Cowboys can win without him is kind of beside the point. They certainly have proven they can lose with him, as evidenced by Week 17 losses that eliminated them from the playoff picture the past two seasons.
It is that mercurial nature that makes him one of the game’s most fascinating talents.