Of all places on his body, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo took a shot to his back in only his third snap during Thursday night’s preseason matchup with Seattle.
As Romo moved out of the pocket he was was hit from behind by Seahawks DE Cliff Avril just before he was to slide. He lay there in pain for what looked like an eternity.
“I was just in shock,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, per CBS 11. “I had my mind on, ‘Come on, Tony, get up.’ Said a few prayers right there.”
Romo walked off to the sideline, but did not return to a game that he was supposed to play 2 series in. The decision to shelve him was reportedly head coach Jason Garrett’s.
“That was probably as tough a hit as I’ve taken on my back in the last 5 years,” Romo said after the game, appearing to be OK. He also said it was decided the hit didn’t warrant an X-Ray.
“His back was bothering him a little bit after that play,” Garrett said. “We don’t think it’s a serious thing, and we just felt better keeping him out. Dak came in and did a great job.”