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After an injury filled 2015 season where Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered not one, but two clavicle breaks, this upcoming 2016 season was supposed to be different.
It was…until it wasn’t. Just three plays into a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Cliff Avril tackled Romo awkwardly from behind, ultimately breaking a bone in his back and sidelining him for the next 6-10 weeks.
The Cowboys are hesitant to put Romo on injured reserve as they expect him to return early from his injury, so he remains on the active roster until further notice.
According to the Star-Telegram, Jerry Jones is hoping Romo can come back before November against the Eagles.
“I think that medicine can fail you when you start really creating these bright lines, and we found that over the years when they say it takes six weeks; it takes this,” the Cowboys owner said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “We learned that with [Jason] Witten [and his spleen injury]. In his case, it was supposed to be a length of time and turns out it wasn’t. So some of these kinds of things that have been around, these traditional healing times aren’t necessarily as bright lined as you might like them to be.
“His importance to us is being able to play a game, a half, is really kind of unique. So we’ll be real liberal when we start evaluating when it is he’ll come back.”
“I don’t want to rule out anything,” Jones said on his radio show. “I don’t know that anybody is qualified to do that. Medicine basically gives you estimates and guidelines, and I’m not trying to be vague here, but there’s no need to rule out anything. We don’t have a situation on the 53, this isn’t an active roster day-game situation. He won’t be active, and we don’t have anybody valuable enough to take up that last spot to give us the opportunity to see how he does. There’s just not enough value there realistically to bring someone else in. That’s the deciding factor.”
“You don’t have to spend a lot of time going over and kind of circumcising the mosquito. You don’t have to do that over there on him because you look back over on the other side that caused you to make the decision, and there’s nobody good enough to take that spot to give you a chance for that if he can come back.”