On a Dallas radio show yesterday, Jerry Jones dropped a big update on the health of Tony Romo. Though he never used the word "healed," as some outlets are reporting, he certainly danced around it.
As is typical when Jerry speaks, you have to read between the lines. Here's the first statement:
"The result was just as we expected, and he can really – I’ll put it like this, he has no more concern about this injury that has sidelineD him this year."
That comment alone doesn't necessarily mean that Romo has fully healed. "No more concern" can simply mean that his progress has reached the point that there is no reason to think he will have a regression.
The second comment:
"I would remind us the doctors have said, once healed, this injury will have no going forward impact on his ability to play football. It should be as strong or stronger than it was before the injury."
"Once healed" isn't the same as "healed," clearly. But the fact that Jerry is even going down that road on a radio show indicates that Romo's ability to return to the field is rapidly approaching.
A little later in the interview, Jerry said that Dak Prescott's play has been a "luxury" that has afforded Dallas the ability to let Tony take full precautions with his health. He said that they can "pick our spots" when it comes to Romo's return.
So, looking ahead at the schedule, what spots make sense?
- WK 6 - @ Green Bay Packers
- WK 7 - BYE
- WK 8 - Philadelphia Eagles
- WK 9 - @ Cleveland Browns
- WK 10 - @ Pittsburgh Steelers
- WK 11 - Baltimore Ravens
- WK 12 - Washington Redskins
It's only Wednesday, so we can't completely dismiss the idea that Romo might return to action this Sunday in Green Bay. If Dallas truly feels that he's the best option at quarterback, then going to Lambeau to face Aaron Rodgers is the kind of game you want Tony Romo back for.
On the whole, Romo returning this week seems highly unlikely. Not only would it rush him back to action two weeks before projection, but it would bring a sudden halt to the Dak Prescott Show and the momentum and consistency that comes with it. It would put Tony under tremendous pressure in the Cowboys toughest game so far this season.
Dallas' Week 8 game against the rival Eagles has been the projected date for Romo's return for a while. Not only is it an opponent that Romo knows very well, but it comes after the team's bye week. That extra week for Romo to practice with the first-team offense could be vital to immediate success in games.
That said, many will no doubt be clamoring for a showdown between Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz. If not for Ezekiel Elliott, it would be a two-horse race right now between Prescott and Wentz for Offensive Rookie of the Year. You know the Cowboys would love to send a shot across the bow of Philadelphia, and let Prescott go out in style, by winning the matchup of future franchise QBs.
The following is the start of a two-game road trip against AFC North teams. We just saw Tom Brady make his debut against the Cleveland Browns and rack up over 400 yards and three touchdowns. Rather than a tough battle against the Packers or Eagles, would it make more sense to give Tony Romo the same soft re-entry?
The debate about whether or not Romo should even get his job back is already raging through Cowboys Nation and will certainly intensify if Prescott gets the win in Green Bay. I will be diving into that topic hard during the bye week.
For now, though, all signs point to Tony Romo returning to duty sometime very soon. As Jerry said, the Cowboys can pick their spot as long as Dak Prescott continues to play at his current level.
That spot may be right around the corner.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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