Tony Romo breaks his collarbone twice in a season. He's also fractured two transverse processes in his back before that. He's getting up there in age. What does his future hold? If you ask Jason Garrett and the Cowboys, there's no reason to think that Romo will not be back as normal next season.
If there’s any kind of silver lining to the situation, it’s that this latest injury won’t require any surgery. Garrett said Monday afternoon that Romo should only require roughly eight weeks to recover, which won’t limit his offseason.
"We don’t anticipate this being a long-term thing at all," he said. "It’s the nature of quarterbacks, sometimes when they get tackled they get tackled here and their bodyweight and the bodyweight of the defender lands on them. It’s happened to him. I don’t think it’s necessarily a weakness that he had."
The Cowboys salary-cap situation dictates that Romo be able to perform at a high level for the next few years. For all involved, the hope is that Romo has just run into a streak of bad luck and will come out on the other side.
Even so, is it time for the Cowboys to make a move at the position for the future? Rick Gosselin makes a solid case for that.
The Patriots have had Tom Brady this decade. They haven't needed a quarterback. Yet New England has drafted three of them since the Cowboys last took one. The Packers have had Aaron Rodgers this decade. They haven't needed a quarterback. Yet Green Bay has drafted two quarterbacks since the Cowboys last took one.
Besides the Cowboys, the only other team that has not drafted a quarterback since 2010 has been the Detroit Lions. But in 2009, the same year the Cowboys selected Stephen McGee in the fourth round, the Lions took Matthew Stafford with the first overall pick. So their money and future has already been tied up in a young quarterback.
Additionally, Gosselin makes the point that the Broncos had Brock Osweiler ready to go in Peyton Manning's absence and the team has kept rolling along. Maybe it is time for the Cowboys to invest a pick in the position.
Speaking of draft picks, remember that guy the Cowboys drafted in the third round last year? The one that had everyone shaking their head in wonder? Offensive tackle Chaz Green might be just about ready to make his debut on the 53-man roster.
If Green is added to the active roster, he can provide depth at tackle or guard. Prior to his hip surgery, he initially was expected to compete for the backup swing tackle spot. Charles Brown, a fifth-year veteran, has held that spot since getting signed on Sept. 15.
To make room, the Cowboys have waived running back Trey Williams.
While we're all discussing future moves at quarterback or players who could potentially play a part in the future offensive line, the Cowboys are talking about getting back into the playoff race. Don't tell Sean Lee that the season is over.
"If you're not motivated to find a way to win, you need to get off the team," linebacker Sean Lee said. "We need to make a move now. We have no more room for errors. We have to find a way to win games, get on a run if we want to save the season.
"We can't have performances like this. There are no excuses. We haven't played winning football, and we have to start doing that now or we're not going to be in the playoffs at all."
In the crazy NFC East, they are technically still alive. But with Matt Cassel at quarterback, the idea of a run to the playoffs seems pretty insane. And if something happens to Cassel...
As expected, coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys will promote Kellen Moore from the practice squad to serve as the team’s backup quarterback. Moore has never played in an NFL regular-season game, but is viewed as a developmental quarterback. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is a fan of Moore, who went 50-3 during his standout college career at Boise State.
Wow, he's never played in an NFL game? That was news to me.
If the Cowboys have any hopes of making a run, they will need more out of Dez Bryant. He's been struggling to recover from his broken foot.
Jason Garrett concedes that Dez Bryant isn't himself as he struggles to return from a broken bone in his foot, but the Cowboys head coach believes the receiver can return to form before the season is done.
"Absolutely it's achievable,'' Garrett said. Bryant broke the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in the season opener. The injury, commonly known as a Jones fracture, kept him off the field for five games. He returned against Seattle on Nov. 1.
Bryant has caught 18 passes for 232 yards with two touchdowns in the five games since his return. He has been held to 45 yards or less in four of those games, something that only occurred three times all last season.
Not exactly Dez-like numbers.