Jason Garrett: Tony Romo decision was a medical one

IRVING. Texas -- Tony Romo's ability to play through injuries played a part in the Dallas Cowboys' decision to reinsert the quarterback into Monday's game against the Washington Redskins despite a bruised back, but Romo was cleared medically.

"Tony's a physically tough person," coach Jason Garrett said. "He's a mentally tough person. That's why you factor in his voice in understanding where he is physically and what he's capable of doing in the game. He has credibility with us. Having said that, it's a medical decision. The people we talked to more than anybody else, was the doctors. Dan Cooper comes over to me and says, ‘He's cleared to play. We got the X-ray, it's negative. We talked to Tony, he's functional, he's moving around. He can go in the game.' That's how we make the decision. We try to take the emotion out of it. The fact that the player is jumping up and down and saying I want to go back in the game, that's a factor, his history, his credibility is a factor, but it's a medical decision and we make it very unemotionally."

In Week 2 of the 2011 season Romo returned to the game despite a broken rib and what later turned out to be a punctured lung to lead the Cowboys to an overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers. In last December's meeting against the Redskins, Romo remained in the game despite pain in his legs from a back injury that required surgery five days later.

Once Garrett got the OK from the medical people, he said there was no consideration of keeping Brandon Weeden in the game.

"From a playing standpoint, Tony is our starting quarterback, so there's no discussion there," Garrett said. "If Tony was capable of playing and if Tony was functional and able to play, Tony was going to go back in when he was ready to do so."