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Should the Cowboys Bench Romo?

OK, so the headline is a bit tongue-in-cheek.

Obviously, the Cowboys aren't going to shelf starting quarterback Tony Romo for the remainder of the preseason, but the idea shouldn't be too far fetched.

In last Thursday's game against Oakland, Romo hit the floor way too much in his short stint in the game, and that was with the full starting offensive line in the game.

Now, the Cowboys are dealing with a right knee injury to starting right tackle Marc Colombo, who had arthroscopic surgery and is set to miss 2-4 weeks.

Today, the Cowboys' offensive line was dealt another blow when starting left guard Kyle Kosier limped off the practice field in Oxnard, Calif., with a suspected sprained MCL (medial collateral ligament), which will likely keep him out for 4-6 weeks.

How much work in the preseason, with the absence of game preparation and a limited playbook anyway, does Tony Romo really need? My hunch is not a whole lot. Sure, he needs to play, but perhaps Wade Phillips (or Jerry Jones) needs to consider sitting Romo on Saturday against the San Diego Chargers.

Let the new line, which will likely be Doug Free (making his first start at left tackle), Montrae Holland at left guard, Andre Gurode at center, Leonard Davis at right guard and Robert Brewster taking Colombo's place at right tackle, get its feet wet and its chemistry down before putting Romo into that prospective lion's den.

Todd Archer, of The Dallas Morning News, made an interesting point on KTCK The Ticket this morning. He mentioned that Jason Witten will probably not even run a pass route on Saturday as he'll likely be at Brewster's side helping to protect Romo.

So what's the point? Do we really want an extended period of time with Jon Kitna and Stephen McGee under center when the games matter? 

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