Jerry Jones Keeping Hope Alive Cowboys QB Tony Romo Will Return For Playoffs
After seven weeks of waiting, the Dallas Cowboys were finally able to get veteran quarterback Tony Romo back on the field to face the Miami Dolphins in Week 11. The results were exactly what the Cowboys brass were hoping for with Romo leading the team to their first win since he went down with a broken collarbone in Week 2.
Heading into the Thanksgiving showdown with the undefeated Carolina Panthers, Dallas was confident the team could contend with arguably the best team in the NFC with Romo under center. Unfortunately, the team’s undisputed leader went down with yet another collarbone injury result in the eighth loss of the season for the Cowboys.
Apparently, despite the fact Romo has suffered another collarbone injury, owner Jerry Jones is holding out hope his season isn’t finished. Romo has not been deactivated in hopes he can play if the Cowboys somehow make the NFL playoffs this year via DallasCowboys.com:
“Let’s just put it like this, we didn’t deactivate Tony for a reason, and that is if we should get to the playoffs, then he would be available for us in the playoffs,” Jones said. “I’m speaking for myself. Jason Garrett, of course, would be the ultimate decision-maker, but one of the reasons we thought using a roster spot is so that he could be available for the playoffs.”
And with that scenario, it would mean Cassel would’ve led the Cowboys to a rather hot finish down the stretch. But still, Jones didn’t budge.
“Well, I think if Tony can play, he’d be the starting quarterback, without question,” Jones said.
At this point, it’s a stretch that the Cowboys will be postseason bound. Dallas is currently sitting in last place in the NFC East division at 3-8 with a relatively tough schedule ahead without Romo under center.
The Cowboys will face the Washington Redskins (twice), Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills to finish out their regular season schedule. Veteran quarterback Matt Cassel will shoulder the load for the injured Romo once again as the Cowboys try to stay afloat until their star gunslinger can return.
In Week 13, the Cowboys will be on the road to face the division rival Redskins at FedExField. Dallas are currently underdogs at -4.5, according to Sportsbook.ag.
Unlike the Cowboys, the Redskins appear to be getting back on track this season. The Redskins are sitting atop the NFC East division with a 5-6 record. Washington is far from elite this year but will likely cover the spread against the Cowboys on Monday night at home.