clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Cowboys Consider Putting Romo On IR

New, 1 comment

Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports that a source indicates the Cowboys are considering putting Tony Romo and his clavicle injury on Injured Reserve, ending his season. He has apparently not healed as well as expected, and has expressed discomfort when throwing in practice.

↵

Emotionally, this hurts. Watching Tony Romo play is one of the greatest joys I've ever known in sports. In my heart, I've been hoping I'd get to see it a couple more times this year.

↵

Logically, this makes sense. If you don't care about draft position and only care about winning, Kitna has been strong enough this year the gain between he and Romo likely doesn't make a huge difference as to whether or not the Cowboys beat the Eagles. Further, the more information you can have about your back-up, the better. Kitna's had a nice long career, plenty of sample there, but seeing just what he can do at his age is a good help in assessing the strength for you team going forward (at this point I'm going to go ahead and say: QB is a strength), to say nothing of marketing him to any teams that may be interested in giving up a little something-something for him. There are teams that would probably be better with Jon Kitna as their starter, and they might be willing to pay for that. Another couple of games could increase the asking price. Finally, playing the franchise icon and arguably the most important player to the team (if you want to argue Mat McBriar, that's cool) immediately back from injury in games where the only meaning is rivalry and entertainment is not necessarily the best long-term decision.

↵

All that is to say: there are much better reasons to not play Tony Romo in another game than there are to play him. If you're not going to play him, go ahead and IR him. No reason not to go ahead and get the extra roster spot and put some finality to the situation. Give him his rest and hope he comes back healthy for a better 2011. It's sad, but it makes sense. In fact, I'm not entirely sure why it hasn't happened already. If he healed faster but the season was still over, why try and bring him back at all and risk the injury? Maybe I don't understand IR rules well enough, someone explain the drawback to me.

↵

Anyway, this is probably too many words about something that's not particularly huge news. See ya next year, Tony. You are missed.

↵

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.