IRVING -- While others might question quarterback Tony Romo's ability to ultimately win big in Dallas and whether the Cowboys should think about going in another direction, owner Jerry Jones made it clear that there is no such debate going on inside the team's Valley Ranch headquarters.
Jones said Romo is the Cowboys' quarterback now and into the foreseeable future.
"We are going to rise and fall with what Tony Romo is about over the next six or seven years," Jones said Tuesday morning on his local radio show on 105.3 FM/The Fan.
"He is averaging 10 wins for every 16 games started in the NFL. He is a winner."
Jones acknowledged that Romo made some disappointing mistakes in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Jets.
Romo had two turnovers in the final nine minutes, allowing the Cowboys to blow a 14-point fourth-quarter lead and turn what was a state of euphoria for Jones into feeling like "somebody pulled a rug out from under me."
Cornerback Orlando Scandrick said he will miss Sunday's game against San Francisco with a high ankle sprain.
Scandrick conceded no more, saying everybody heals differently and he is hoping for a fast return from an injury he said he suffered on the second play of the game but wasn't sidelined until 15 plays later in the second quarter.
High ankle sprains are usually four-week injuries. Scandrick is expected to be in a walking boot for seven to 10 days. He says he is going to use an oxygen chamber to help with the healing process.
"It's a minor setback," Scandrick said.
"I'm going to be back and pick right up where I left off."
The Cowboys are hoping cornerback Terence Newman can play this week. He missed the opener and the entire preseason with a groin injury.
The Cowboys signed cornerback Frank Walker on Tuesday and released linebacker/fullback Isaiah Greenhouse from the practice squad and cut tight end Martin Rucker.
Walker is an eight-year veteran who has played with the New York Giants, Green Bay, Baltimore and last season with Minnesota. He has started 17 of 93 career games with 129 tackles, eight interceptions, 31 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
The Cowboys also claimed fullback Tony Fiammetta and released receiver Laurent Robinson Tuesday. Fiammetta was released by Carolina last weekend.
Lee on the rise
Keith Brooking acknowledged the obvious on Monday when he admitted he has been replaced in the starting lineup by second-year player Sean Lee, who opened Sunday's game against the New York Jets opposite Bradie James.
Not only did Lee start, but he also received the bulk of the snaps at inside linebacker with veterans Brooking and James alternating.
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