David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports that while Cowboys QB Tony Romo is expected to require a 6-to-10 week time frame to return from the broken bone in his back, it’s more likely that Romo misses 8-to-10 weeks.
This means that his timetable is more in line with the amount of time he would miss if Dallas placed him on injured reserve with the designation to return.
Moore says that Romo will get an MRI on his back this weekend, and the results will likely determine whether the Cowboys will keep him on their active roster or put him on short-term I.R.
Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones explained Wednesday that they are still considering whether to place Romo on short-term injured reserve next week.
“We’re certainly getting our hands around it,” Jones said, via the Star-Telegram. “We’ll be needing to make that decision obviously sometime later in the weekend. Whatever we do with him, he’ll need to be on our 53 when we cut it on Friday. So you’ve got to have him through the 53 cut before you can put him on designated to return, if we wanted to consider that. But it may be that we just keep him on the roster. We’ll just see.”
Romo, 36, is in the third year of his seven-year, $119.5 million contract that included $55 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $8.5 million (2016), $14 million (2017), $19.5 million (2018) and $20.5 million (2019).
In 2015, Romo threw for 884 yards while completing 68.6 percent of his passes to go along with five touchdowns and seven interceptions over the course of four games for the Cowboys.
We’ll have more regarding Romo as the news is available.