The Dallas Cowboys are mulling putting quarterback Tony Romo on the short-term injured reserve list, but won’t make that decision until he has more tests on his injured back, coach Jason Garrett told reporters Monday. Romo is currently on the 53-man active roster.
Romo suffered a fractured bone in his back during Dallas’ Aug. 25 preseason game at Seattle. If placed on the short-term IR, he will automatically miss the first eight weeks of the season.
“We’re going to continue to gather information here in the next couple days on Tony and just see what his status is,” Garrett said. “Currently he’s on the 53-man roster. We’ll get some more information here over the next 48 hours and make a determination as to what his status will be going forward.”
The Cowboys expect Romo to return at some point this season, a welcoming bit of news considering how serious his injury was first thought to be. The 36-year-old Romo has a history of back injuries; this is his fourth in four years.
“My understanding is there’s not a deadline,” Garrett said when referencing a decision to place Romo on the IR. “We can take the next couple days, and the reason we want to take the next couple days is we want to make sure it’s enough time out from the original injury. That’s when we’re going to get the most information.”
The Cowboys have rookie Dak Prescott and veteran Mark Sanchez as Romo’s backups, with Prescott named the starter. Sanchez, who has 72 NFL starts, was signed on Sunday following Romo’s injury.
Romo threw for 884 yards with 5 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in 2015, a season cut short by a broken collarbone he suffered last November.