Tony Romo is expected to miss the next six to eight weeks with a fractured left collarbone, and many believe that, with the Cowboys sitting at 1-5 with little hope of a playoff appearance (particularly without their starting quarterback) the team should just shelf Romo for the rest of the season.
They still might.
But according to owner and general manager Jerry Jones, the decision will rely on the Cowboys’ record when Romo is healthy enough to return. Jon Kitna will be charged with, in his own words, “stopping the bleeding” in Romo’s absence. But if he can lead Dallas out of the woods, so to speak, and back into playoff contention, Romo would return to the field as soon as he’s healthy.
"I don't know,'' Jones said of Romo, per the Dallas Morning News. "We have to see what the circumstances are at that time. We have to see how well we are playing. I wouldn't be presumptuous enough to know how fast he's going to heal. The faster he heals, the better I like it.
"We will be weighing that aspect of where he is in the healing process relative to any risk that you might take with him playing.''
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