Cowboys keep Tony Romo on active roster entering Week 1
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones says the team will keep Tony Romo on the active roster while he recovers from a back injury.
In an interview with Dallas’s 105.3 The Fan, Jones explained his line of thinking as far as rostering quarterbacks. Rookie Dak Prescott and newly signed Mark Sanchez are the team’s two healthy quarterbacks.
“We don't have anybody valuable enough to take up that lost spot to give us the opportunity to see how [Romo] does,” Jones said. “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.”
Romo, 36, was injured Aug. 25 in a preseason game against the Seahawks on a sack by Cliff Avril. He has a compression fracture in his back and is slated for a six-to-10-week recovery period, meaning he could return as early as October, optimistically. Jones said he did not want to rule out any return scenarios for Romo, who is currently wearing a back brace.
“We'll be real liberal when we start evaluating when it is he'll come back," Jones said, noting Romo’s importance to the team.
The Cowboys open against the Giants at home on Sunday.