Brian Orakpo: Tony Romo’s Injury Was Blown Way Out of Proportion
When the Cowboys defeated the Redskins on Monday, a lot of questions were answered about Tony Romo’s toughness. Reports of a punctured lung and broken ribs left Romo’s playing status in question, but he went on to take another beating from the Washington defense. Romo battled through a number of crunching hits and numerous botched snaps, all the while having to coach his receivers on where they needed to line up before plays.
Those who are not Romo fans are surely sick of hearing about his tenacity. Apparently that group includes Brian Orakpo, who may have a small case of sour grapes after the tough loss.
“To me they blown it way out of proportion,” Orakpo said on ESPN 980’s John Thompson Show Tuesday via the Washington Post. “I mean, they tried to make it seem like the guy was hospitalized the night before the game, just so we could build it up if they was to win the game — oh he’s a courageous player to go out there and play. The guy was playing just like Tony Romo, running around, making throws. He got hit throughout the whole game and still getting up. I mean, it was blown way out of proportion, but it is what it is.”
Orakpo’s teammate seemed to think Romo’s injuries were legit enough that he planned to target them. Here’s the kicker: Orakpo sat out much of the second half with cramps. He tried to explain his absence by saying he had never experienced that type of humidity and lack of air flow. Doesn’t sound like he should be pointing fingers about who’s playing hurt and not.