Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo took a beating physically in Sunday night's loss against Washington, to say nothing of the verbal bashing he will hear from fans and analysts, and it turns out all those hits did lead to a rib injury.
According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas, Romo told reporters after the game that he suffered a cracked rib after taking a hit from Josh Wilson.
That would help to explain some of the issues he had throwing the ball, as he did not appear to have the same zip or accuracy that has become such a staple of his tenure as the Cowboys quarterback.
Fans and analysts are going to have their way with Romo no matter what he says right now. This was supposed to be the legacy-defining game, the one that would make him a hero or goat in the history books.
Romo wound up throwing for just 218 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions. He is going to get all the blame for the loss Sunday, even though the defense gave up 274 rushing yards and the team still had a chance to win late in the fourth quarter.
Give the Redskins and defensive coordinator Jim Haslett credit, because they were sending everyone and the kitchen sink after Romo to keep him off balance whenever he took a snap.
Injuries are a part of the game, though not necessarily something that fans want to hear about now. Romo is not going to use it as an excuse, nor should he. All he can do is get healthy and prepare for the start of 2013.
We will keep you updated on Romo's injury and rehab as soon as more information becomes available.