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Latest Cowboys headlines: Cowboys' season all about Tony Romo; Faith in Brandon Weeden not rewarded; McClain's knee injury not serious.

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Romo’s Absence Led To Other Disappearing Acts On Cowboys Offense | Nick Eatman, DC.com
Eatman writes that the importance of Tony Romo for this team couldn’t have been clearer after Sunday’s game with the Cardinals.

And the reason is very simple: When you don’t have Romo, you don’t have any of the other guys, either. At least that’s how it transpired here Sunday at AT&T Stadium. The Cardinals won this game 28-17, and it certainly wasn’t as close as the final score.

No doubts now; Cowboys' season all about Tony Romo - Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPN Dallas
JJT writes that for better or worse, the Cowboys are all about Romo.

All doubt has now been removed. The Cowboys' fate this season relies totally on Romo's back, which should make any member of Cowboys Nation uncomfortable. If Romo is right and plays the majority of the games left in the season, then the Cowboys will make the playoffs for the first time since 2009. If not, their wretched streak of missing the playoffs will continue.

So there's no need to whine about play selection, or knee injuries to linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford that could further compromise the defense.

As long as Romo returns, your Cowboys will be OK. He makes everyone better; Weeden has the opposite effect.

Cowboys lose, but Romo valor unquestioned | Mike Fisher, FOX Sports
Fisher walks us through Romo's history of valor, and concludes with a quote from Jason Witten:

"No. 9 is as tough as they come, at any position," teammate Jason Witten said. "Nobody in this locker room questions that. Nobody who knows football questions that."

Dallas Cowboys' faith in Brandon Weeden not rewarded - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
The headline pretty much sums it up.

Cowboys facing a crisis after loss to Arizona | Bob Sturm, DMN
Sturm calls Weeden a "major downgrade" and sees the Cowboys heading towards a crisis.

This team is looking at their first crisis, with uncertainty everywhere, much of that has to do with attrition. Romo, offensive linemen, linebackers and Crawford are all in the trainer’s room and that’s significant. Add that to a stacked schedule after the bye and it will present Cowboys fans with a great heap of uncertainty as we jump into November.

Bickering Cowboys are a mess – but this doesn't feel like a classic implosion - Yahoo Sports
Charles Robinson offers some perspective and doesn't see a crisis looming:

Bottom line, Arizona is a legitimate NFC contender. A good, solid team. One that should come in and cause problems for you when your Pro Bowl quarterback is down and you have injuries and chemistry distractions. There's no shame in losing this kind of game.

Indeed, in the midst of disappointment, Dallas is soothed by a reality: this is a team that has time and circumstance on its side. But head coach Jason Garrett and Jones need to seize the next two weeks to tie up loose ends.

And there is plenty of work to do. Consider that three weeks ago – fresh off an impressive road win over the Seattle Seahawks – there was a reasonable argument to be made that Dallas was the best NFL team outside of the Denver city limits. With an unstoppable running game, retooled defense, strong offensive line, sharp quarterback, focused receivers – this was the complete package. It lacked nothing.

Cardinals put away game-but-compromised Cowboys | ProFootballTalk
"Game-but-compromised" sounds about right.

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Romo To Make London Trip; Cowboys Optimistic QB Can Be Ready For Jags | Nick Eatman, DC.com
Tony Romo will be on today's plane to London, and Jerry Jones said Romo wouldn't be on the plane if the Cowboys weren't planning on playing him.

"We certainly wouldn't put him on that plane and take him to London and fly over and fly back if we weren't planning on him playing," Jones said after the game. "He’s definitely on the flight. He’ll be in one of those chairs you can stretch out in. But yes, he’ll definitely be on our flight. If he can, we want him to play."

Dallas Cowboys LB Rolando McClain has right knee injury, but club doesn’t believe it’s serious | Brandon George, DMN
More news from the injury front: Rolando McClain went out of the game late with a knee injury. Luckily, that one looks like it is minor.

McClain declined to comment leaving the locker room. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said X-rays came back negative. "It’s not showing anything structural at all, and he felt pretty good about it," Jones said. "I visited with him briefly back here a few minutes ago and he feels pretty good about it. Right now I’m not concerned about it."

Dallas Cowboys LG Ron Leary expects to return to practice Wednesday, play next Sunday against Jaguars | erainer Sabin, DMN
Another piece of good news from the injury front, Ron Leary says he'll be back this week.

Leary warmed up before the game and said that sitting out Sunday was a "coaches’ and trainers’ decision." But Leary said he will practice Wednesday with the team in London and anticipates playing Sunday against Jacksonville.

Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford has strained MCL in his right knee | Brandon George, DMN
The bigger problem is defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford, whose knee injury may be a little more serious.

The Dallas Cowboys are more concerned with Crawford’s injury, owner Jerry Jones said, than linebacker Rolando McClain’s right knee injury that came earlier in the same defensive series. Jones said X-rays showed that McClain has a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee. "To what degree, it’s hard to tell," Jones added. "Probably Crawford has a little more to be concerned about. We’ll take a look at that as we go."

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Dez Bryant: Being a Cowboy for life makes sense, but I’ll be ‘highly disappointed’ if they franchise tag me | Jon Machota, DMN
After changing agents, Dez Bryant is now willing to discuss a contract extension during the season instead of waiting until the offseason.

Bryant recently parted ways with agent Eugene Parker. On Sunday, JAY Z’s Roc Nation sports management team announced that they are now representing the Pro Bowler.

"I come from dirt, point-blank period," Bryant said Sunday. "Every day I’m writing my story and it’s getting better. I feel like that was the best choice for me. They can help me get to where I want to be."

Give Eagles edge in NFC East, even with Mark Sanchez | Sporting News
Vinny Iyer gives the Eagles the edge in the NFC East "because they had a good backup quarterback plan — and the Cowboys didn't." For now, that's true enough.