Jerry Jones doesn’t understand all the fuss.
Grilled on his weekly radio show about his sideline conversation with coach Jason Garrett, Jones, at one point, seemed irritated at the repeated questions.
The owner repeated what he said immediately after the overtime loss to the Washington Redskins: He was merely relaying information to Garrett that X-rays on Tony Romo’s back were negative.
“While they were still working with Tony and considering getting him moving around and seeing how he felt doing that, I knew that we didn’t have him out for the year, I wanted to get that word to Jason,” Jones said Wednesday morning on KRLD-FM. “Secondly, I told [Garrett] to get his thinking cap on, and that Tony was coming back out and could probably play.”
Romo received a pain-killing injection and returned to the game with 1:52 to play after missing 21:09 of the second half. But Jones said he never ordered Romo’s return to the game, which was seconded by Garrett on Tuesday.
“[My visit was] not at all [designed to tell Garrett] whether to play [Romo] or not,” Jones said. “That’s his decision.”
Jones remained on the sideline for most of the fourth quarter, leaving for overtime. He said he hoped to “inspire” the team by remaining on the field.
Defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence hopes to get his first game action this week, and he can’t wait.
“I’m a little anxious,” Lawrence said Wednesday. “I ain’t going to lie. I’m just ready to get out there and do what they really brought me here to do.”
The Cowboys will have to make a roster move by Saturday afternoon to make Lawrence available for this week’s game. A source said a decision has not been made on whether to activate Lawrence this week, with the Cowboys wanting to see how he practices.
The second-round draft pick broke a bone in his right foot July 29, his first week of training camp practice. The Cowboys eventually placed him on returnable injured reserve.
He began practicing Oct. 15 and is eligible to make his debut Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals.
Linebacker Rolando McClain missed practice with a shoulder injury. He has dealt with a groin injury this season, missing the St. Louis game in Week 3 with the injury.
McClain was among four players out Wednesday: Quarterback Tony Romo (back), tackle Doug Free (foot) and guard Ron Leary (groin) also sat out.
Defensive end Jack Crawford (calf) returned to practice, though he was limited. Defensive end Anthony Spencer (foot/knee) also was limited.
Cornerback Brandon Carr (hamstring), linebacker Bruce Carter (thigh) and tackle Jermey Parnell (chest) were full participants.
Durant to IR
The Cowboys signed veteran linebacker Tim Dobbins to replace Justin Durant. Durant, who will undergo surgery on a torn right biceps on Thursday, ended a second consecutive season on injured reserve.
Dobbins, 31, has played for the Chargers, Dolphins and Texans in 10 previous NFL seasons. He has 14 career starts.
“It’s a big opportunity,” he said. “I was technically sitting on the couch. ... I don’t have a lot of wear and tear on my body anyway. I’ve been playing a lot of special teams and I’m healthy.”
The Cowboys signed linebacker Will Smith to the practice squad, placing practice squad linebacker Troy Davis on injured reserve. They also signed offensive guard Jeff Baca to the practice squad, releasing guard Rishaw Johnson.