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Tony Romo admits he's playing with a broken rib, too

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has certainly earned the respect of his teammates by gutting through a serious back issue.

But Thursday night, after a win over the Bears, he also mentioned a broken rib while appearing on NFL Network.

"It'll be nice when it's just about the back instead of all the other junk," Romo later said.

NFL Media's Desmond Purnell reported Friday that Romo first suffered the rib injury against the Seahawks in Week 6, per two sources with knowledge of the injury. X-rays, though, revealed no fracture.

Romo took a shot to relieve the pain in the week following the Seattle tilt, per Purnell, but it remains unclear when the rib actually cracked or when the team learned it had cracked.

While we might never know the extent of the injuries Romo has played through, his resume is already absurdly long. There was the punctured lung back in 2011 and the cartilage tear back in 2008. If nothing else, his desire to be on the field can't be questioned.

Romo admitted that he did not take any pain-killing medication prior to the team's loss to Philadelphia last week, which he said was a poor decision. He said he'll likely get a shot before their next game, also against the Eagles, on Dec. 14.

At the moment, Dallas looks like a team that is doing its best to avoid the late-season collapses that have defined the organization over the last few years. For one, they will finish with a winning record for the first time under Jason Garrett, a testament to the coach's ability to finally organize his staff and delineate power where it needs to be.

But Romo's latest -- not to mention another heavy workload from DeMarco Murray -- makes us wonder how much gas they'll have left in the tank by the time they get there. If they can somehow beat the Eagles in Philly next week, Garrett may need to get creative with his remaining schedule in order to give some of his stars a break.

The latest Around The NFL Podcast previews a busy Week 14 schedule and recaps the Cowboys' win over the Bears. Find more Around The NFL content on NFL NOW.

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