Tony Romo's rib injury still causing pain

Tony Romo's rib injury still causing pain

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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is all smiles during pregame warmups on Sunday before the Rams game. Next stop is Philadelphia where he has started only three games previously.

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by GEORGE RIBA

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Posted on October 28, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 28 at 5:40 PM

IRVING — Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo revealed this week that he is about to become a father, something only a few people knew before Tuesday when he made the announcement at a high school assembly.

"I'm excited," Romo said on Thursday. It's the first time he's talked since the announcement. "A couple of people knew here and there."

On Sunday, the Cowboys travel to Philadelphia for an important division game. Since becoming the starter in 2006, Romo has played only three games in Philadelphia, winning two and losing one.

"It's a big game," Romo said. "Anytime you play these guys it's a big game. Obviously we're going up there so it's going to be tough to win. They're a good football team, but we're continuing to get better as a team."

When Romo takes the field on Sunday it will be exactly six weeks since he broke his ribs against the 49ers. Usually those types of injuries take six to eight weeks to heal, which means he will still wear a protective jacket and take more pain killing injections.

"It looks like this week we might do all the same stuff as last week," Romo said."We'll see after this week. I just think now it's just a matter of the shot on game day and the vest, things like that are what we really talk about, but everything else feels day-to-day, normal."

"I think he's throwing the ball well," said Cowboys tight end Jason Witten. "He's got a strong arm. I'm sure he's still in pain, you know as many hits as he takes, but you can't tell by the way he's throwing the ball."

Romo hasn't had any serious setbacks since the injury and that's good news heading to Philadelphia.

"I said before the year, this team is going to be better Week 4 than Week 1 and be better in Week 7 and Week 8 than we were in Week 4, and I think our football team has continued to do that," Romo said.

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