IRVING, Texas – Jerry Jones reiterated Wednesday he has no way of knowing exactly how many seasons quarterback Tony Romo has left in his career. Asked on 105.3 The Fan earlier in the week to give an estimate, Jones said four to five.
That, of course, means he and the Cowboys organization expect Romo will fully recover from his second collarbone fracture since September.
Asked Wednesday at the NFL owners meetings if he’s concerned Romo could reinjure the collarbone in the future, Jones said he naturally worries about injuries across the entire roster, not specifically his veteran quarterback.
“The point is that we are well aware of how structurally, I think, sound that he is," Jones said. "If you ask people that would look at his build, look at his ability to be resourceful on how he takes hits, dodges, he’s good at it. Unfortunately we’ve had these plays back to back here that broke that clavicle.”
The 35-year-old Romo entered the 2015 season tied with Arizona’s Carson Palmer as the league’s fourth-oldest starting quarterback. Two of the league’s all-time greats, New England’s Tom Brady and Denver’s Peyton Manning, are still competing as they approach 40.
Jones has confidence Romo, despite his recent injuries, has a chance to play several more years in part because he got a late start as a starter (his fourth NFL season, at age 26). And experience brings savvy.
“At this point in his career he has a bank on how to win football games intellectually. It's a tremendous asset,” Jones said.