Although ESPN continues to stand by its report that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss the rest of the season with a herniated disk, owner Jerry Jones back up Coach Jason Garrett’s statement to the contrary.
On his weekly radio show, Jones said that doctors had not cleared Romo and that Romo has “back spasms” after he was injured Sunday in the game against the Washington Redskins. Jones told the Dallas Morning News the same thing.
“All I’m saying is he has back spasms, symptoms that we’re treating as we go along in the week to see if he will play,” Jones said. “There is nothing structurally that will rule him out if he feels good and is cleared to play. Nothing.”
Jones, citing HIPAA, declined to give any details about the injury, but echoed Garrett in saying that Romo would receive treatment during the week and be evaluated later. “If it has positive implications,then he shouldnot be ruled out anyway for this game” Jones said on his KRLD radio show (via the Star-Telegram). “I won’t get into the details of the injury. But structurally if his doctor clears him and he can and it’s possible. If he is cleared to play, he can very well play.”
Kyle Orton, who has taken 22 snaps with the Cowboys in two years, would replace Romo and the team would sign a backup quarterback. They’re expected to take a look at David Carr, Tyler Thigpen and John Skelton. As for Orton, who lost his job in Denver to Tim Tebow, Jones said, “there’s a reason we gave him $10 million.” Romo, who was given an epidural injection Monday, could play Sunday without practicing this week.
Jones said he got an update Monday from Romo, who called him from his doctor’s office and was, according to Jones, “disappointed.”
“If you know Tony you can imagine what a competitor he is,” he said. “He doesn’t want to miss a snap or a play. He was very disappointed for his team. He said over and over again how bad ‘I feel for you and my teammates’. He said ‘I’m going to do everything I can to get on the field. We need to beat Philadelphia’. Pain is not a deterrent to Romo. That is proven. We have seen him do it. We have seen him win big. Tony will play with the pain. His doctor has to clear him.”
That has not happened yet.
So, at the moment, it’s ESPN vs. Jones/Garrett, who are united on their version of Romo’s availability. And Jones used the radio show to give Garrett another vote of confidence as the Cowboys prepare to host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night a showdown for the division title and postseason. “He has a bright future with the Cowboys.”