The latest Dallas Cowboys news has team owner Jerry Jones refusing to put Tony Romo on IR because he thinks that his starting quarterback can come back this season, according to ESPN.
When the Cowboys lost to MVP candidate Cam Newton and the undefeated Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving Day, many had written them off for the season. The feeling was that Romo would need to win every single game for the rest of the season in order for Dallas to have a shot at the playoffs. Despite the loss, the Cowboys are surprisingly still not mathematically eliminated. Their 3-8 record is not that far behind the 5-6 records held by the New York Giants and Washington Redskins, who share the division lead in the NFC East.
Jones is one of the most optimistic owners in the NFL. While others would make moves that are more geared towards next season, the 73-year-old businessman is still clinging on to hope that Dallas can still make it to the playoffs and even win the Super Bowl. That is the reason why he refuses to put Romo on the injured reserve list. Had he done that, then his star quarterback would not be eligible to play again this season. That means that Jerry believes that Tony will have a chance at coming back after breaking his collarbone for the second time this season.
Far be it for anyone to tell Jones or even try to tell Jones what to do, but Romo might be better off staying on the sidelines for the rest of this season. The odds of Dallas winning the next five games, including what should be a tough one against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Stadium, are pretty slim, so Romo might be better off focusing all of his energy on rehabbing the injured collarbone. Surgery, which would instantly end his season, should also be something that the former Eastern Illinois University star considers.
Another thing to consider, even though Romo is one of the most competitive guys in the NFL, another injury setback might really affect his psyche. The 35-year-old played noticeably different when he came back from his latest back surgery. Now that his collarbone has been broken on three separate occasions, including twice this season, he may be really reluctant to want to risk that again. Romo is very loyal to the Cowboys, as they gave him a chance as an undrafted free agent, but he also needs to be loyal to his body.
People have long questioned the decisions that Jones has made on behalf of the Cowboys. Some feel that he is a detriment to his own team. Had Jones not brought three Super Bowl victories and an NFL Executive of the Year award to Dallas, then the scrutiny would have been much higher than what it is now. Some of the criticism has been justified since the Cowboys have only won three playoffs games since they won their last Super Bowl in 1995. Losing breeds contempt from the fan base.
At his age, there is an understandable sense of urgency to win another Super Bowl before heading off into the sunset. That would explain why he is pushing Romo so hard to be on the field. It also explains why Jones has been a little more willing to take on headcases such as Greg Hardy, Randy Gregory, and Rolando McClain just for the sake of winning more games. After seeing what happened to Dallas once Romo was injured, Jones is now obsessed even more so than ever with the quarterback position.
Do you feel that Jerry Jones is hurting the Dallas Cowboys in the long run by clinging on to hope that Tony Romo will make his return this season?
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