Report: Tony Romo may call Bears-Saints playoff game from home

Romo wasn't on the call for CBS this past weekend as he went through COVID-19 protocols.

(RADIO.COM Sports) CBS color commentator Tony Romo's status remains questionable for the Bears-Saints game in the wild-card round Sunday due to COVID-19 protocols, but there may be a workaround for him to still call the game without going to New Orleans.

CBS and Romo may use the “Kirk Herbstreit model,” in which Romo could call the game remotely from his Dallas home, according to New York Post media reporter Andrew Marchand. Herbstreit was unable to attend the College Football Playoff semifinal game between Ohio State and Clemson after testing positive for COVID-19, but he was still on the call from his home while play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler called the game from New Orleans.

CBS and Romo would ideally have the same setup, with Jim Nantz calling the game on site.

Boomer Esiason replaced Romo on a CBS broadcast this past Sunday. Romo was removed from the Cardinals-Rams assignment after arriving in Los Angeles. It wasn't stated whether Romo tested positive for COVID-19 or if he had come into close contact with a known positive individual. CBS will announce its coverage plans later in the week.

Romo called 15 games this year – with the only other game he missed coming the week Nantz was unavailable due to his assignment at the Masters.

CBS is scheduled to broadcast the Super Bowl from Tampa Bay in February, which would be Romo and Nantz’s second Super Bowl together.

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