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Romo’s playing time in preseason debut not determined yet

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Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo recently said that he’ll play in the team’s next preseason game, on Saturday night against the Ravens.  But how long will Romo play?

Typically, a starting quarterback who isn’t facing a challenge from an upstart rookie remains on the field for as long as the rest of the starting offense does.  So logic and common sense would suggest that Romo will play for as long as the No. 1 offense plays.

As we understand it, however, no decision has been made regarding Romo’s playing time on Saturday night.  It could be a drive, it could be a quarter, it could be the entire duration of the No. 1 offense’s time on the field.

The uncertainty underscores the tenuous state of Romo’s health.  Jerry Jones has declared Romo to be 100 percent, but the facts suggest otherwise.  And even if Romo is, or ever gets back to, 100 percent, Romo may not remain there for long once he starts getting hit.

The entire situation feels ominous, and the Cowboys seem to be ignoring what may be inevitable because, first, there’s not much they can do and, second, admitting to any concerns about Romo will serve only to make the decision not to draft Johnny Manziel more glaring.

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24 Responses to “Romo’s playing time in preseason debut not determined yet”
  1. poetpft says: Aug 14, 2014 9:22 AM

    I still haven’t stopped laughing at the fact that Jerry Jones sent out Dallas Cowboys playoff tickets….

  2. zzzzzzzzzzz11 says: Aug 14, 2014 9:32 AM

    have fun with weeden

  3. andreweac says: Aug 14, 2014 9:32 AM

    Not sure what the health of Romo has anything to do with not drafting a QB that is very likely going to be out of the league due to a lack of performance.

  4. dcstinks says: Aug 14, 2014 9:44 AM

    And Jerry gave this guy an extension and a big pay raise?

    Long Live Jerry!!!!

    -Eagles Fans and NFC East Fans

  5. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 14, 2014 9:59 AM

    doesn’t matter…. 9ers are gonna destroy this dude opening day in Sept! He’ll be on IR by week 2!

  6. carcettiformayor21211 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:02 AM

    You can’t hide him forever. Just put him in and get the embarrassment over

  7. folkcrusader says: Aug 14, 2014 10:17 AM

    Ill or healthy, the guy is too important to the cowgirls to play him much in a pre-season game. Weeden will benefit far more from the reps.

  8. voiceofreasonsays says: Aug 14, 2014 10:40 AM

    If Romo played for an actual team and not a train wreck, like the Patriots or Seahawks, he would have won a Super Bowl or even multiple SBs.

  9. russrpm says: Aug 14, 2014 10:59 AM

    The Manzell line is already turning into a carbon copy of the Randy Moss story. Every writer will bring up that Jerry Jones passed on Manzell, but never mention that 20 other teams passed on him too, including several that need a QB a lot more than Dallas does. There is a reason that Manzell fell as far as he did. Very big risk with a fair chance of him being a bust.

  10. rcali says: Aug 14, 2014 11:10 AM

    The Dallas Team is in a bit of a pickle with Romo. These injuries are piling up fast.

  11. unbiasedravenfan says: Aug 14, 2014 11:12 AM

    Romo is a great quarterback.

  12. crapsandviche says: Aug 14, 2014 11:14 AM

    Does it really matter? Its still going to be an 8-8 season with a 16-18th draft pick. Thats what Romo gets you…

  13. pete2112 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:19 AM

    That picture and the look on Romo’s face tells the story in Dallas.

  14. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 14, 2014 1:11 PM

    Wouldn’t attempt to read to much into it.

    Typically the starting QB will play a series or two in a preseason game. If they drive down the field and score, I would say he is done for the night but if they have a short drive with no score, he comes back in.

  15. pacificdan says: Aug 14, 2014 1:16 PM

    An NFL worst defense gets you an 8-8 season.

    I’ve watched every Cowboy game since 1998 and I have not once seen Romo line up on defense.

    And I’ll admit if I’m wrong, but has a team with a bottom 5 defense ever done very well overall?

  16. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 14, 2014 1:38 PM

    I wouldn’t risk it against Suggs and Ngata. Just ask RG III, AP, and, Ben

  17. pittsburghdamned says: Aug 14, 2014 2:05 PM

    Prepare for another poor season with Gomer Pyle at QB.

  18. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 14, 2014 2:09 PM

    nice neck beard… i see Orton has trained you well grasshopper

  19. baltimoresnativeson says: Aug 14, 2014 2:49 PM

    Romo is a good QB and seems like a good dude.

    He just reminds me of one of those good stat QBs that will never win the big one.

    Marino, Fouts, Testaverde, Gannon, Boomer, etc

  20. 509seahawks says: Aug 14, 2014 3:04 PM

    Name my fantasy football team after Romo. It’s called Romophobe

  21. kennadrin says: Aug 14, 2014 3:15 PM

    I love seeing fans of -the never won anything- Feagles, bash the cowboys on any level..

  22. kmartin173 says: Aug 14, 2014 4:35 PM

    People still crying about the defense. What has a bottom-5 defense ever got you? It got the Patriots a runner-up finish in the Super Bowl. A couple of years ago people were saying it wasn’t Romo, it was the OL. Its always something for the Romo fanboys but its never the fact that he’ll throw a pick in the absolute most inopportune time of the game.

    Cowboys defense has been overall top-1o multiple times in Choko’s career and he has nothing at all to show for it. If it wasn’t for the fantasy football nerds who love his “numbers” he would have been out of the league a long time ago.

  23. pacificdan says: Aug 14, 2014 5:13 PM

    kmartin173 says:
    Aug 14, 2014 4:35 PM

    ……

    First, I admit I was wrong. The Patriots took a bottom 5 defense to the Super Bowl. It’s rare, but can and does happen. I was wrong.

    Second, really, name calling “Choko” what are 9? Your mommy should have taught you better.

    Third, from what I can see the Cowboys have once had a top 10 defense with Romo as the starter and they made the playoffs that year (2009), I think that makes my point, better than it does yours.

    Last, please don’t tell me you honestly believe Romo remains in the league because of fantasy football. I admit Jerry makes odd personnel decisions but do you really believe he retains Romo because “fantasy fooball nerds” want him to?

  24. mitchem85 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:02 PM

    Pacificdan, your defense doesn’t turn the ball over at the worst possible times either.. It takes a team to win, but you can’t excuse romo as if he’s not somewhat responsible

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