Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he and coach Jason Garrett are very much on the same page regarding quarterback Tony Romo and his playing time for Saturday’s preseason matchup against the Miami Dolphins.
Jones said earlier this week that Romo would play about the same amount of time that he had against the Baltimore Ravens last week, 16 snaps in two series of work.
Garrett has repeatedly declined to talk about how long Romo will play and refused to speculate where Jones got his information.
Jones, however, says there is no disconnect with he and Garrett on Romo.
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“Yes, we are,” Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “We’re completely on the same page. The facts are that Jason doesn’t check with me on where he dots his i’s and where he says his b’s, and I sure don’t check with him.”
Jones declined to reiterate his early comments about Romo‘s playing time against Miami as he did against the Ravens. But he did guarantee that Romo won’t be playing into the third quarter.
The goal remains to keep Romo, who is coming off December back surgery and has been handled with extreme care throughout training camp and the preseason, in bubble wrap as much as possible until the Sept. 7 season opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
“Let’s just all step back and ask ourselves: Can we afford to have him take some snaps with how many days before we play a game, two weeks, three weeks before we play a game? We don’t want to risk him getting [injured], four days, five days before we play San Francisco,” Jones said. “We’ve got time, so you want some snaps. We know it would be good to have him with this group and having different colored jerseys to play against. All of that would be good, good for the team. And it will happen.
“Now, whether or not it happens to the tune of 15 plays, 13 plays or 20 plays has everything to do with how those series go. The other night we got out there with that ball for probably … all but a minute of that first quarter. We were moving the ball, blocking good, protecting well. We had a couple of breakdowns, but still, it wasn’t time to take Tony out. We got some work and he got work he wanted to go on. That’s the way you look at it.
“I’m not so sure that anybody knows exactly how many snaps [he’s going to get]. I can tell you that almost assuredly, he won’t be in there in the third quarter. But by the same token, I can tell you that you’re going to see him, and you’ll see him in the first half. How much of it, I really don’t know.”