Tony Romo may have a season-ending injury, if we listen to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. Romo’s shoulder injury is expected to keep him out for six to eight weeks, but it could end up being even longer than that if Jones has the final say. That might not be such a bad idea anyway because the 2010 Dallas Cowboys aren’t looking like a team that will be able to compete in the NFC East any longer.
According to ESPN, Jones will wait to decide if Romo will return this season, basing that decision not just on how well his rehab goes, but on whether the Cowboys have been eliminated from the playoffs by that point. Dallas has already fallen to 1-5 this season, and it is presumed that the NFC Wild Card teams will need at least nine wins to clinch a playoff slot. It would mean that Dallas has to go on a nice winning streak with Jon Kitna at quarterback; who can blame Jones for not having the utmost confidence that he can get the job done?
Romo broke his left collarbone when he was hit by New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley on Monday night, and that injury was not what the Cowboys needed. Up till that point in the game, it seemed like Dallas was on its way to an impressive Monday night football win over their NFC East rival, but everything fell apart when Romo had to be taken off the field. Backup quarterback Jon Kitna will be the starter for the foreseeable future, but that might not instill a lot of hope in Cowboys fans for the rest of the season. He is a decent option, but they might need a miracle to pull off a playoff run now.
The current NFL standings have the Dallas Cowboys tied for the fewest wins in the NFC. They are now three wins behind the third-place team in the NFC East, meaning that they have just about played themselves out of the 2010 season. It’s not even like this team gets beaten badly, it’s just that these Cowboys seem to find a new way to lose football games each week. In total, the Cowboys have only been outscored 152-137 combined in their six games this year, showing that they have been within striking distance of winning just about every contest. Something always seems to go wrong, though, and the dreams of playing in the Super Bowl (in Dallas this year) have just about popped.
It might be time to start thinking hard about how the 2011 Cowboys will look, and if they need to start playing their younger players more this season in order to prepare for another run at the playoffs next year. This could all be a moot point if there is a work stoppage, though.