Jerry Jones: Tony Romo's season might be over
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones acknowledged that quarterback Tony Romo might not play again this season, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Romo is out at least six weeks with a broken collarbone. If the Cowboys are out of playoff contention by the time he returns, it might not make sense to put him back on the field.
Jones backed off comments made after Monday's loss to the New York Giants, when he said Romo would play when he was healthy. Six weeks might be optimistic, given previous returns by other quarterbacks with similar injuries. Eight weeks would appear more likely -- and what would mean Romo would return for the Cowboys' game at Arizona on Christmas night.
"I wouldn't be presumptuous enough to know how fast he's going to heal," Jones told the Daily News. "The faster he heals, the better I like it.
"We will be weighing that aspect of where he is in the healing process relative to any risk that you might take with him playing."
Jon Kitna will start Week 8's home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. His backup will be Stephen McGee, who will be the No. 2 quarterback for the first time in his career. McGee didn't take snaps with the first-team offense this week, working with the scout team instead.
With the Super Bowl in Cowboys Stadium, Jones had hoped his team would be playing for the NFL title on its home field. But on Thursday, Jones admitted he was "very disappointed" at the possibility his dream would not be fulfilled. No team has started 1-5 and still made the playoffs under the 12-team playoff format that began in 1990.
"We carefully put together our team, contracts, structured it to we might have a chance to be in the Super Bowl," Jones said Thursday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I know there was a relationship there about being able to play in your own Super Bowl, but believe it or not, I am a realist and I know it’s never been done before. I had that in the proper perspective."
The Jaguars are one of two teams remaining on the Cowboys schedule that enters Week 8 with a losing record.