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Why Romo Should Finish the Year on the Sideline

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    Injured quarterback Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010.

    I originally stated that Tony Romo had suffered a separated shoulder, when indeed it was a broken collarbone that benched Romo. My apologies. We have corrected the error.

    On Monday, Jason Garrett uttered the statement that Cowboys fans should've feared hearing.

    When speaking to reporters, he said Tony Romo will play this season once his broken collarbone is healthy enough to return -- possibly for the Cowboys' Christmas Day matchup with Arizona.

    I know what Jason Garrett is thinking. He's coaching for his head coaching life here in Dallas. But after starting off 2-1 and being a late fumble away from a 3-0 start since he took over for Wade Phillips, I think the odds are Garrett will be back next season as the Cowboys head coach. After all, it would serve Jerry Jones' ego well if Garrett proves to be capable of being that guy.

    So Garrett is probably thinking he needs all his best hands on deck so he can put together a few more wins against a pretty tough remaining schedule.

    Before Romo went down in the Cowboys' first meeting with the Giants, he threw for 1,605 yards, 11 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

    Not great.

    Since Jon Kitna has taken over, and struggled a bit in his first two starts, he's found his feet and has 1,536 yards passing to go with 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions, and that includes a four-pick game against Jacksonville in his first start of the year.

    Not great either, but pretty darn comparable.

    Look at Matthew Stafford and the trouble he's had with his separated shoulders. That's a great, young talent that could be forever plagued by shoulder injuries because he came back too soon last year after suffering a separated shoulder.

    The Cowboys are going nowhere this year, folks. It's a scientific fact. A better plan would be to put him on injured reserve and claim someone off another team's practice squad, where some pretty good players can be found from time to time.

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