Tony Romo has been a staple in the broadcast booth for CBS over the last few years behind his blossoming career. The former Dallas Cowboys star quarterback has earned tremendous recognition from new peers envisioning a bright future ahead. However, Romo is taking a detour from his job for Week 17 action this season.
Tony Romo’s successful transition to the broadcast booth
Since Tony Romo retired from the NFL in 2016, he has secured himself in his role in the broadcast booth.
Romo has made a seamless transition to his postcareer position as a perfect analyst partner alongside Jim Nantz. His immediate success earned him much recognition across the industry as one of the most entertaining and respect broadcast voices.
All that helped him become the highest-paid NFL analyst with a lucrative new deal last February on a reported 10-year, $180 million contract with CBS. Romo holds a bright future ahead in the industry that can see him become a fixture for many years to come.
However, the 40-year-old won’t be calling a game from the broadcast booth in Week 17.
Why Tony Romo is out for Week 17
With many teams vying for playoff positioning in Week 17, CBS has put their top broadcast team on a primetime matchup between the LA Rams and Arizona Cardinals.
However, legendary broadcaster Jim Nantz won’t have his usual partner in the booth Tony Romo as he will miss the game due to the COVID protocols. There isn’t any indication if Romo or somebody he came into close contact with has the virus.
CBS is providing him with privacy concerning the situation while he deals with the matter. The company may take the same page out of the book with how NBC handled Al Michaels’ situation a few weeks ago.
Michaels missed the Week 15 Sunday Night Football matchup between the Cleveland Browns and New York Giants due to those parameters. He did return to the booth the following Sunday night for the Week 16 meeting between the Green Bay Packers and Tennessee Titans.
Unlike the 76-year-old, Romo hasn’t commented on the situation through a press release statement. It should be noted that other networks have allowed their broadcasters to call games from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other factors, such as setting up the equipment in a short time frame, could have prevented that route. Nonetheless, CBS is well prepared for the situation, with Boomer Esiason filling in for Romo. Esiason has plenty of experience as he has become the lead analyst for radio broadcasts for Westwood One radio of Monday Night Football and Super Bowl games over nearly the last two decades.
CBS has backup plan prepared
At this juncture, there isn’t any clarity about when Tony Romo will be ready to return to the broadcast booth.
Romo is working through a potentially serious health matter that doesn’t have a precise timetable. CBS will continue to monitor the situation and handle it according to the recommended health safety precautions.
If the 40-year-old has to miss more time, the company will likely continue to pair Jim Nantz alongside Boomer Esiason while Tracy Wolfson remains the sideline reporter. Things will stay on a stable path without Romo in the mix.
CBS will likely have more clarity over the next few days as they prepare the broadcast teams for the upcoming playoff schedule. In the meantime, the company will move forward with its current plan until Romo is cleared to return.