When Tony Romo returned to action from a fractured collarbone against the Dolphins a little over a week ago, the Dallas Cowboys and Romo himself were well aware that the collarbone would be at risk for a few weeks. But everyone involved seemingly believed that the potential reward--Romo coming back and leading the team on an improbable playoff run--outweighed that risk.
Of course, on Thursday, Romo’s collarbone was re-injured. He suffered a hairline fracture in the third quarter of the loss to the Panthers, and will miss the rest of the season.
But owner Jerry Jones stands by his and the Cowboys’ handling of their All-Pro quarterback.
“I don’t think push is the word for it,” Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan on Friday, via the team’s official website. “We felt the risk was worth the potential for having him be the impact he can be and really having a fairytale turnaround and doing something that was special. And to me, that’s what we’re about, that’s what sports is about. You shouldn’t ever quit trying to do something extraordinary.
“The dream was if Tony could have come in and been the catalyst and had the results we had the week before in Miami against a great team, a really great team--Carolina is so impressive--if we could have done that, it could have been the beginning of something special. Now you’ve got to try for that and that’s what we’re here for, to try and do and be a part of a story like that.”