Romo played with a bad thumb

Update [2008-1-16 17:20:48 by Dave Halprin (Grizz)]: Another edited diary. Do not post full articles from other places here. If I've said it once, I said get the picture. [END UPDATE]

Just like last season, the Dallas Cowboys' early ousting from the NFL Playoffs might be due to Tony Romo's hand.

A Cowboys coach told ESPN's Ed Werder that Tony Romo re-injured his right thumb in the team's 21-17 NFC Divisional playoff loss to the New York Giants, causing swelling in the thumb for much of the game. Romo's thumb was hurt on his second throw when blitzing Giants' safety Michael Johnson swatted at the ball as he ran past the quarterback, causing a strange incompletion for Romo.

Romo finished the game 18-of-36 for 201 yards with a touchdown, but was sacked on each of the Cowboys' two final drives. The Cowboys' season ended with Romo throwing a fourth-down pass into the end zone and cornerback R.W. McQuarters stepping in front of Terry Glenn for the interception. It marked Romo's second straight disappointing finish to a playoff game, following his flubbed hold of a short field goal in Seattle a year ago.

Romo first injured his thumb in the Cowboys' 10-6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 16. Romo finished 13-of-36 for 214 yards in the loss, with a career-low rating of 22.2. It came in front of his parents and his newest A-list girlfriend -- Jessica Simpson, who tugged the front of her pink No. 9 jersey, then mouthed the word "Romo!" when cameras spotted her.

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