Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo took two pain-killing injections for his bruised ribs before Monday's game against the Redskins, and he may have to take similar precautions in advance of Sunday's game against the Lions.
"I would say this, there's a test that just goes, come over here (lightly tap his rib area) and see how hard you can do it until I feel it," Romo said after Thursday's practice, per Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com. "And if I feel it I'm going to need it."
But Romo said he takes any kind of shot to his ribs during practice and doesn't feel as much pain to the area, he may not need the injection. Romo said he's uncertain about the severity of the rib injury, but said, "It's a fracture. It is what it is. It either feels better or it doesn't. It's nothing really much more."
Romo wore a protective vest against the Redskins and was hit several times. But the injury didn't affect his ability to throw, as he went 22-of-36 for 255 yards and an interception. He wasn't sacked.
"It did a good job," he said of the vest. "I thought it was good, I thought it helped. I'm not sitting there constantly thinking about it, that's a good sign. I'm not back to where everything is back to normal yet, but it's definitely on its way," he said. "It feels good to keep the improvement side of it continuing to go."
After the Lions game, the Cowboys get their bye week.