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.