This week is quickly going from Cowboys week, to denial week.
Despite all the negative things said about Cowboys owner/general manager/dictator Jerry Jones, one thing you can’t take away from him is that he wants to win as much, if not more, than any other owner in the league.
So despite contradicting reports from Adam Schefter that Tony Romo is out for the season, after an MRI revealed a herniated disk in his back, Jones isn’t ready to completely rule Romo out for Sunday’s win-or-go-home showdown against the Eagles.
“He is going through treatment beginning [Monday], and if that treatment has positive implications that it certainly has a chance to have, then he should not be ruled out in any way for this game,” Jones said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan Dallas-Fort Worth. “On the other hand, we paid a lot of money several years ago for just this very circumstance.
I’m sure Jerry Jones is happy that he signed a backup in Kyle Orton, but it doesn’t sound like he is hoping that Orton is under-center Sunday night at 8:30.
“Should we be in a situation where a game, or a possible intermittent time when Tony couldn’t play, get the very best [we] can, and that’s why we signed Kyle Orton for over $10 million three years ago, just for.”
No, I’m sorry. You signed Kyle Orton to play two or three games in the middle of the season if Tony Romo suffered a sprained ankle. You didn’t sign Kyle Orton to lead your team into a win-or-go-home game for the division. No team in NFL history has ever signed a backup for “this very occasion.”
Jones even went as far as talking about a scenario where Romo could be cleared for Sunday night’s showdown, really making it sound like he wasn’t high on the idea of Orton starting such an important game.
“The facts are, I assure you structurally if his doctor clears him, which he can and it’s possible, obviously he won’t if Tony is in pain or Tony can’t function,” Jones said. “But to the extent he’s cleared, he can very well play.”
As we all know though, Jerry Jones is the be-all, end-all, in the Cowboys organization. I get the feeling that after he watched Romo lead the Cowboys comeback against the Redskins with a herniated disk, displaying both mobility and good arm strength, he feels like Romo can go out and play this week. I’m not sure he has a plan after that, or if the Eagles actually are able to hit Tony Romo, which the Redskins strangely didn’t do after Romo sustained his injury.
Quotes from ESPN Dallas were used in this article.