Jerry Jones: Playing Tony Romo was worth the risk

31 October 2010: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo #9 and Owner Jerry Jones prior to the Dallas Cowboys vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ray Carlin/Icon Sportswire
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In his second game back from a broken clavicle, Tony Romo suffered the same injury on Thanksgiving against the Carolina Panthers and is out for the season. It was the third time in his career he suffered a broken left collarbone.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones does not believe the team rushed Romo back onto the field and said they felt the risk was worth the potential reward.

“We felt the risk was worth the potential for having him be the impact he can be and really having a fairytale turnaround and doing something that was special,” Jones told the Cowboys’ website. “And to me, that’s what we’re about, that’s what sports is about. You shouldn’t ever quit trying to do something extraordinary.

“The dream was if Tony could have come in and been the catalyst and had the results we had the week before in Miami against a great team, a really great team – Carolina is so impressive – if we could have done that, it could have been the beginning of something special. Now you’ve got to try for that and that’s what we’re here for, to try and do and be a part of a story like that.”

That dream did not come to fruition and the Cowboys remain in the NFC East cellar at 3-8. Now they are forced to wonder what the future of their quarterback position looks like, as Romo will be 36 years old the next time he steps foot on an NFL field.

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