Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said the MRI on Tony Romo’s back showed his compression fracture has healed to the point where the quarterback “has no more concern about this injury that has sidelined him this year,” Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.
While speaking on 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday morning, Jones, however, would not say when Romo would be able to return to game action. The targeted dates have been Oct. 30 against the Eagles and Nov. 6 against the Browns.
Jones said doctors have told him the compression fracture of Romo’s vertebra should be “as strong or stronger than what it was before the injury.”
Romo’s focus now is conditioning and getting back into football shape after being sidelined since Aug. 25. He has been throwing for the past month. On Monday, coach Jason Garrett said taking part in team drills “is a little further down the road.” The Cowboys have their bye after playing the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
“What you’re into is getting him to get his core, get his core back area back in shape as he’s had to do for the last several years,” Jones told The Fan. “All players at this age need to do it, have to do that. So it’s just a question of him working back in. We’ve got a great situation here. I just have to pinch myself to think about it. We’ve got Dak Prescott, who’s playing at a level that is very capable of winning these games.
“We’ve got the future. Every time he walks out there, we got the optimism of the future. It’s inspiring. It’s inspiring his team and then we have in my mind one of the very top quarterbacks in the league as well. So at a position that in the past we’ve been compromised at, we’re entering a time here where we’re one of the best at the position that there is in the NFL.”
The question and the great debate about the Cowboys is – do you sit a hot Dak Prescott just to force Romo back into the lineup?
This season Prescott has 1239 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. The Cowboys are off to a 4-1 start, and Prescott has been under center for all five of those games, and has managed them well.
Jones’ love affair to Romo is almost nauseating, and if the Cowboys go to Romo, that means the order is likely coming from Jones, as right now there’s no reason to sit a Prescott until he proves he can’t win – which to this point he’s not done.
As the old saying goes ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it,’ and with the Cowboys and their QB situation, there’s no reason right now to make a change.