Tony Romo leaves Cowboys game with back injury

The very last thing the Dallas Cowboys wanted to happen happened in Thursday night’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks: Tony Romo got hurt.

And once again, it’s his back.

Tony Romo's Thursday night on the field ended after three plays. (AP)
Tony Romo’s Thursday night on the field ended after three plays. (AP)

It happened on just the third play of the game – on second-and-7, Romo took a short drop out of the shotgun, and rookie Ezekiel Elliott put a good block on K.J. Wright, and Romo tucked and ran. Cliff Avril gave chase, and as Romo tried to awkwardly slide, Avril tackled him from behind.

Romo immediately clutched his back and rolled on the turf. He was slow to get up.

Romo walked off the field on his own power. He tried some throws on the sideline, but it was a coach’s decision to keep him out of the game. Romo was not taken to the locker room and instead stayed with the rest of the Cowboys team, which was taken as a positive sign.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, speaking on the team’s broadcast, said, “We don’t think it’s a serious thing.”

Rookie Dak Prescott took over and completed 17 of 23 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown in the Seahawks’ 27-17 victory.

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