Amid the concern regarding quarterback Tony Romo being taken to the locker room after taking a hit to the back was the sideline shot of owner Jerry Jones inexplicably talking to coach Jason Garrett in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys’ 20-17 overtime loss.
The sight of an owner on the sideline of a one-score game in the fourth quarter seeking and getting the ear of the head coach is so uniquely part of the Cowboys culture under Jones that he didn’t bat an eye when asked about it.
He was in the locker room when Romo was getting examined and felt it necessary to inform Garrett that the quarterback was available to return to the game.
“I was here during the tail end of the examination and knew he planned to come back out and play if he were needed,” Jones explained matter of factly. “Of course he was needed. I felt good that he could come back out. When he saw the opportunity he did. I told Jason that he would be back in.”
Jones admitted being very concerned when Romo was initially injured but said he felt better after seeing the test results and realizing it was only a contusion on Romo’s back.
Romo underwent back surgery last December to repair a herniated disk. It was the second straight off-season for him to undergo a back operation.
“We knew there were no structural issues when they gave him the X-rays,” Jones said. “I was very concerned by the fact that he laid there as long as he laid there. After we looked at the play and saw that was a knee kind of to the side of the back, then we felt better about it.
“We got him in here and looked at it real carefully, and everybody felt better about it. But he was certainly limited when he first got in here, but he loosened it up real good and went back out.”