IRVING, Texas – Tony Romo will undergo additional testing on his back on Tuesday, though Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was optimistic about his quarterback's health.
"We'll get the tests today, but we anticipate him being ready to go," Garrett said in an interview with 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. "When we left the stadium last night, he seemed like he was OK, and we'll get the tests today to verify everything."
Romo suffered a back contusion in the third quarter of Monday night's overtime loss to Washington, after the Redskins sacked him for the fourth time in the game. He didn't return until the Cowboys' final possession of regulation, after team doctors cleared him to play.
"Obviously he was cleared to go back into the game last night, so we felt good enough about that when the initial X-Rays were negative," Garrett said. "But they want to do some more extensive tests. We'll find out more as the day goes on."
The Cowboys gave Romo a painkiller shot to help cope with the pain from the contusion, and he led the Dallas offense on two possessions before the Redskins eventually won in overtime. Following the game, Romo said his ability to return to the action made him optimistic about his availability for Sunday's game against Arizona.
"My experience is that if I was able to play and come back in at any point, I was able to go," he said. "Obviously we will look at things tomorrow and see what it comes to."
[embeddedad0]The injury – and the opponent it came against – is bound to bring up bad memories for the Cowboys, however. Romo fought through an injury to lead the Cowboys past Washington in Week 16 last season, only to learn that he'd need season-ending back surgery on a herniated disc.
Despite that, Garrett seemed optimistic that the injury wasn't too debilitating – especially given that Romo was cleared to return to the action.
"We anticipate him getting some tests done today just to verify the tests we did last night – both before he went back in the game and then afterwards. We'll see where he is," he said.