When will Tony Romo return?
Nobody knows at this point, but according to reports, the Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback is hoping to return in late October.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated says that the goal is for the 36-year-old quarterback to return from his broken back injury against the Philadelphia Eagles on Oct. 30 after Dallas’ bye week.
Mike is spot on. Goal is to come back Oct. 30, post-bye, v Philly. https://t.co/Qrfo5KXi5E
— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 27, 2016
This would mean Romo would miss the Cowboys’ first six games, as the team has a bye week in Week 7.
There’s still a ton of season left at that point, but will Dak Prescott be able to do something the Cowboys’ backups weren’t able to do last year? He’ll need to win a couple of games, at least, in order to keep Dallas in the postseason hunt. A 3-3 start (or, really, even 2-4) would have the Cowboys still in-line to make a postseason run once Romo comes back.
Here’s the Cowboys’ schedule until that point:
- Sept. 11 – home vs. Giants
- Sept. 18 – at Redskins
- Sept. 25 – home vs. Bears
- Oct. 2 – at 49ers
- Oct. 9 – home vs. Bengals
- Oct. 16 – at Packers
How many of those games can the Cowboys win without Romo? That’s the big question.
The Cowboys said this of their confidence in Prescott, the rookie out of Mississippi State:
“He’s really handled himself well in any situation we’ve put him in,” said Cowboys coach Jason Garrett. “When Kellen Moore went down, Dak got more reps. Again, on the practice field, he handled it very well, and he handled it well in game situations.”
“He’s been in different situations each of the last three preseason games,” Garrett said. “He goes in there and he plays with poise and composure and does a good job executing his job and moving the team and helping us score points.”
“We feel good about Dak,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told reporters. “I think our team feels good about Dak. The chemistry is there with the players.”
The Cowboys open their season on Sunday, Sept. 11 against the Giants.