According to Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager, there’s still a possibility quarterback Tony Romo might play in the win-or-go-home game versus the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.
YouWager experts have learned that the 33 year-old star quarterback is out for the season with a back injury. Romo has a herniated disk in the lumbar region and needs to have surgery.
“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 earlier this morning. “On the other hand, we paid a lot of money several years ago for just this very circumstance.
“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 this very occasion.”
Jones, who said he spoke with the 3x Pro Bowler from the doctor’s office on Monday afternoon, noted Romo was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game versus the Washington Redskins.
Even so, on Thursday, Romo was limping during the early portions of practice and while talking with quarterbacks coach Wade Wilson, motioning to his hip area. When he was asked after practice why he was limping, Romo said it was just normal soreness and that he was OK.
The San Diego native didn’t practice with a limp the next day or during Washington’s game until he was tripped up while escaping pressure.
“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.”
Dallas is not a team that normally reveals whether players will miss games regardless of whether the player or media reports say otherwise. But it’s clear the team is getting ready for life without Romo, at least for the regular-season finale.
The Cowboys will work out four quarterbacks Tuesday afternoon with the expectation to sign someone. David Carr, Tyler Thigpen, John Skelton and Richard Bartel will take part in the workout at Valley Ranch, according to multiple online sports betting experts.