Cowboys’ head coach Wade Phillips laughed off the idea that Tony Romo should sit out Saturday night against the Chargers because two starting offensive linemen have been ruled out with injury, citing that, when the unit was at full health against the Raiders last Thursday, Romo didn’t exactly emerge unscathed.
“I stayed up all night worried about Romo,” Phillips joked, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “but I think he’ll be all right playing behind a makeshift offensive line.”
The two missing linemen, Marc Colombo and Kyle Kosier, each suffered a knee injury this week in practice. Colombo will miss 10-14 days before returning from arthroscopic knee surgery; Kosier suffered a sprained MCL on Thursday and will miss 4-6 weeks. Still, Phillips dismissed the idea that their absence should keep Romo out of Saturday night’s game against San Diego.
"[Defensive end Marcus] Spears is out, so should we not play Bradie [James]?" Phillips asked. "...We'll come up with things to help us to protect the quarterback; the quarterback will get rid of the ball; or we'll run the ball every play if we have to. Romo needs to get ready to play. He doesn't need to sit out the whole preseason, and neither one of those guys are going to be back in the preseason, so the theory of, 'Well, don't put him in there because those two guys are gone,' then he doesn't play. He just sits out.
“That's the silly part to me.”
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