Over the past few days, anonymous sources have been telling the media that the Dallas Cowboys would keep Tony Romo on the active 53-man roster instead of moving him to IR. But the most the Cowboys would say is that they are still evaluating Romo and that they needed more tests before they were ready to confirm anything. Leave it to Jerry Jones to let the cat out of the bag. The Cowboys owner has basically said that Romo will not go on IR but would be inactive each week until he is ready to go.
"We don't have anybody valuable enough to take up that lost spot to give us the opportunity to see how [Romo] does," Jones told 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. "There's just not enough value there realistically to bring someone else in. That's the deciding factor. You don't have to spend a lot of time, going over and kind of circumcising a mosquito. ... There's nobody good enough to take that spot to give you a chance for that 'if' -- if [Romo] can come back."
For the uninitiated, that word salad translates to there is no reason to move Romo to IR, if we need his position we might consider it, but we’re banking on the fact that Romo will be back earlier than most think.
Pressed further about whether Romo could come back, maybe for the Eagles game on October 30th, Jones reiterated the fact that it’s an unknown as to how quickly Romo can heal, and that they are not creating any definitive deadlines or making any decisions now, except that he will likely remain on the roster.
"I don't want to rule out anything," Jones said. "I don't know that anybody is qualified to do that. Medicine basically gives you estimates and guidelines, and I'm not trying to be vague here, but there's no need to rule out anything. We don't have a situation on the 53 [man roster]. This isn't a day-of-game situation."
So once we get past the first few games of the season, it will be anybody’s guess as to when Romo will be ready. Jones did say that Romo will undergo more X-rays in the next week to check on his healing process.