Jerry Jones’ strategy for surviving Cowboys’ injury bug

The wait continues for word on Tony Romo’s broken left clavicle. The Cowboys’ Pro Bowl quarterback arrived back in Dallas on Sunday night, and he’s expected to undergo extensive evaluation Monday.

It’s early to guess at a timetable for Romo’s return, but Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones was willing to speculate a bit about what lies ahead for his team with the starting quarterback out.

"I know how important it is to be there at the end, and if you could be healthy and really playing your best at the end, you’ll have not disqualified yourself," Jones said Sunday after the Cowboys’ 20-10 win in Philadelphia.

Jones didn’t have details about Romo’s recovery timetable on Sunday night, but it’s easy to follow his logic for the rest of the season. With a broken clavicle in his non-throwing shoulder, it’s safe to say that Romo will likely be out for a month or more – but it shouldn’t be a season-ending injury.

If Dallas is to do that, it’s going to be Brandon Weeden’s job to step up. Since signing with the Cowboys, the former first-round pick has acquitted himself well in two relief appearances. He led the team on two scoring drives against Washington last year while Romo was missing with a back injury, and he entered the game on Sunday and finished off the Eagles with a 42-yard touchdown strike to Terrance Williams.

"He doesn’t know, no one knows when he’ll be back," Jones said of Romo. "But we’ve got to put this thing together and certainly Weeden had a good account of himself last night."

It’s only fair to point out Weeden’s only career start with the Cowboys, though. In Week 9 of 2014, he started against Arizona and completed just 18-of-33 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown, while throwing two costly interceptions.

"He had a rough outing last year against Arizona that kind of set the tone for not throwing a little bit, but on the other hand he wasn’t bad tonight," Jones said.

If Weeden is up to the task, though, the Cowboys should have a chance to hang around – especially with a 2-0 record under their belts. If that’s the case, it won’t be just Romo coming back to help, but a host of returning contributors – assuming the Cowboys can hang around.

That in itself was reason enough for Jones’ to be optimistic.

"That’s what we’re talking about right here, because we do have help coming at the end – and one of them is Romo, one of them is Dez Bryant, one of them is Rolando McClain, one of them is Hardy," he said. "And so we’ve got some good people going to be coming, but we’ve got to hang around this thing long enough."

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