Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo may have spent solid portions of the last few seasons sidelined with major injuries, but owner Jerry Jones still expects his veteran play-caller to play at a high level for at least four or five more seasons, reports Todd Archer of ESPN.
Appearing on 105.3 The Fan, Jones said that he believes Romo still has the skill level to be the team’s starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. He then became heated when asked about Romo’s age and health issues.
“This is not a damn debate, guys,” Jones said to the hosts. “This is not a debate we’re having here. Do you know that I don’t know if he’s got four or five years? You asked me my opinion and I can give you all the reasons why: the back, or I can give you clavicle, or I can give you any other type of injuries that are there.
“But you’re asking me what I think, and I think we’ve got outstanding quarterbacking ahead of us for the next four or five years.”
Romo, 36, sustained a broken collarbone during his team’s 33–14 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving. Romo has broken the collarbone three times since 2010. He also underwent two back surgeries in 2013.
While Jones has plenty of faith in Romo, he did say that the team would start to look at developing a quarterback to eventually replace Romo.
Veteran quarterback Matt Cassel will start in place of the injured Romo for the rest of the season. He is 0–4 as a starter for the Cowboys this season. He was acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 22.