Surprising news from the Dallas Cowboys, as owner Jerry Jones announced Tuesday, that the team won’t be putting quarterback Tony Romo on injured reserve even though the broken bone in his back will keep him out of action for an extended period of time.
Romo will stay on the team’s active roster, getting deactivated before each week’s game until he is healthy enough to play.
Romo suffered a compression fracture of his L1 vertebra during a preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 23. If the Cowboys had put him on IR, Romo would have been forced to miss the first half of the season.
Jones told Dallas sports talk staion 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that he was “not really” interested in listing Romo on short-term injured reserve list:
“His importance to us to be in a game is really kind of unique,” Jone said.
“We will be very liberal in evaluating when it is when he can come back.”
The only reason not to put Romo on IR is that the Cowboys think he will return sooner than week 9, so they’re willing to hold a roster spot.
From the outside that seems to be a risky strategy considering that Romo missed 12 games last season with a broken collarbone and has undergone back surgery twice. Wouldn’t the more conservative approach be to give their franchise quarterback all the time he needs to be rested for a second half playoff run?