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Jerry Jones: No timeline on Tony Romo's return

Add Jerry Jones to the list of those who doesn't see Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo retiring anytime soon.

Jones spoke at length about Romo in an interview Tuesday morning on 105.3 FM The Fan, and reiterated that there is no definitive timeline for Romo to return from a compression fracture in his lower back.

"I don't know and don't know that anybody does," Jones said. "But it's quite a range there, four to six [weeks], six to eight, eight to -- I just don't know and I don't know that anyone does that depends on the function he'll put in relatively quick and then he'll just need to get that back in good strength. And then we'll go from there."

Romo, 36, sustained the injury on the third play of the game in last Thursday's preseason game at Seattle. Jones and Romo felt the organization had "dodged a bullet" after the game, but Romo woke up in discomfort Friday morning.

An MRI exam revealed a fracture in his lower back, something they say is unrelated to the two back surgeries Romo underwent in 2013.

At this point, retirement has become a question regarding Romo and Jones added to the growing list of those who doesn't see Romo walking away from the game because of this.

"Well, he'll retire sometime," Jones said. "But I don't expect this injury to cause him to retire."

Earlier this off-season, Jones went on record saying he felt Romo still had four or five more years of football left. And that storyline gained steam throughout the off-season and training camp when Romo had been throwing as well as ever.

But this latest injury served as a reminder of how injury-prone Romo has become in recent years. He missed 12 games last season, fracturing his left collarbone twice, and hasn't played a full season since 2012.

Asked if he still felt Romo had four or five years left, Jones said: "One of the things that I think we know about health, age without trying to be cute just because I say it doesn't make it so. And the same goes for you as well because we're all guesstimating and estimating a lot of different things there. But I have every reason to believe, the doctors have told us this injury is not one that would compound his situation at all relative to his injury. And, so, I don't have any reason other than the very obvious, and that is that when it happens and you're left with limited time that he's out there, then it certainly gives you more cause to be more sensitive and aware that him, as well as any player, could have a limited time.

"And it's part of our game. But, still, I'm not trying to be trite. I'm not trying to be positive. I'm not trying to be negative. We just have a situation where, as we would with any player, that we've got to deal with the prospects of injury and with these coming off last year as well as this year dealing with some injury, then it makes it more acute and makes it more sensitive."

Drew Davison: 817-390-7760, @drewdavison

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