Two NFC East quarterbacks are recovering from surgery. Or rather, they have just about recovered from surgery.
Cowboys QB Tony Romo told the team's official website he expects to be 100 percent in the next couple of weeks, but also said he could play in a game today "if I had to." Romo went under the knife in December to fix a herniated disk in his back.
Giants quarterback Eli Manning did proclaim himself to be 100 percent two months departed from arthroscopic ankle surgery, and also said he could play in a game right now. Well, not exactly right now, but tomorrow.
"The ankle, I don't think about it, don't notice it," Manning told the New York Daily News. "I go about practice and do everything and they're not even worried about it. So, it hasn't been an issue. No question I could play tomorrow."
Manning said he has taken his usual amount of reps during OTAs. Romo hasn't been involved in team drills at Cowboys OTAs, instead taking part in individual position drills.
Manning can't possibly be as bad as he was last year. Some of it wasn't his fault as injuries really took their toll on the Giants. They have brought in Rashad Jennings to help the running game, and the receiving corps is stocked with a bunch of high-upside youngsters such as rookie Odell Beckham, Jerrel Jernigan , and Rueben Randle . The team is installing a new offense, something Manning said he's "not 100 percent comfortable with" at the moment, but that will come with time. If good health prevails and those wideouts grow up quickly, Manning can post another 4,000-yard season with a touchdown total in the high-20s.
However, I'd rather own Romo if forced to choose. His injury is more concerning than Manning's, but I'm going to assume it doesn't lead to some sort of rapid downfall for the 34-year-old. Romo has the best receiver among the two teams in Dez Bryant , stellar second and third options in Terrance Williams and tight end Jason Witten , and a play-caller in Scott Linehan who will throw, throw, throw. The Giants' offense has many more question marks.