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Tony Romo Injury: Kansas City Chiefs Defense Should Concern Cowboys Quarterback

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COMMENTARY | The Dallas Cowboys can breathe a sigh of relief now that X-rays on Tony Romo's ribs have come back negative, an injury the quarterback suffered late in the second quarter in Sunday night's 36-31 win over the New York Giants.

Romo is expected to play this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs, but staying upright and protecting the injury against a team that pounded Blaine Gabbert in Week 1 has to be concerning.

The Chiefs were relentless on their way to a 28-2 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Kansas City's constant barrage led to six sacks and countless other hurries and pressures, forcing Gabbert and Co. into numerous mistakes.

The Cowboys and Romo do not seem too worried about his ability to play at his highest level, as the quarterback explains that things like this are just part of the game.

"It's just part of playing football. You take some hits sometimes and you've got to come back from it. We had plenty of guys do the same thing tonight, and it was no different. ... I'm going to be fine. My [injury is] nothing crazy."

Romo finished the night completing 36-of-49 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns.

The Dallas offensive line performed well against a Giants defense known for getting after the quarterback, only giving up two sacks and playing its part in an efficient performance for the Cowboys offense. But it was a hit on a non-sack yielding play that knocked Romo out right before halftime, and disrupting the opposing quarterback is something the Chiefs defense has a revived focus on this season.

Led by Justin Houston's three sacks, Kansas City came at the Jaguars from a variety of angles -- capitalizing on the team's speed and athleticism to thwart any momentum Jacksonville sought on offense.

Dontari Poe played arguably the best game of his career, notching 1.5 sacks and another five tackles. Tyson Jackson also pitched in a sack and Eric Berry split the other with Poe, as the Chiefs capped off Week 1 tied for the NFL lead with the Miami Dolphins -- this after putting up the third-worst total in 2012 (27 sacks).

Kansas City is as talented as any team in the league on defense (four Pro-Bowlers last season), but now has the coaches and a scheme to match. While the Cowboys will offer a much sterner test for the Chiefs on Sunday, the agenda will be much of the same: make Romo's job as difficult as possible.

Jeremy Sickel has successfully created and operated numerous websites. His work can be read on Yahoo! and Bleacher Report, and he has also appeared on various podcasts and sports talk shows around the country. Interact with Jeremy on Twitter @JeremySickel

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