Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones said recently that, despite a rash of injuries along the offensive line, he believes Tony Romo should play on Saturday night in San Diego. Romo himself agrees, arguing that reps in the preseason are not only important, but, for him, kind of fun, too.
“I always want to play,” Romo said, per ESPNDallas.com. “A, it’s fun. B, it’s always a learning experience to gauge yourself in what you’re doing and the things you’ve tried to improve upon. It’s always important.”
The importance of these reps has been at the center of a recent debate: with two starting offensive linemen officially ruled out for Saturday--Marc Colombo, who will miss the next 10-14 days after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, and Kyle Kosier, who suffered a sprained MCL on Wednesday--should Romo, an established franchise quarterback, even see a snap against San Diego?
Those who say yes argue that holding Romo out would be an unnecessary concession to the injury bug, a decision against risk--which seems to fly in the face of the very nature of football. And aside from that, if Dallas has such little faith in Robert Brewster and Montrae Holland (the men who will replace Kosier and Colombo, respectively), why are they even on the roster?
Those who say no argue that the preseason doesn’t matter for a franchise quarterback like Romo, that, behind a hodgepodge offensive line, the risk to reward ratio is too skewed in the favor of risk.
Quien tiene la razon?
We don’t know, for sure. Both sides make good points. But we do know that Jerry, and Romo for that matter, want to play. Which is to say, Romo will play.
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