"I do see him playing," Jones told the NFL Network. "He's going on the trip to London, and logic tells you that we wouldn't have him make that trip to London and back if we didn't think he was going to play, so it does depend on the type of week he has at practice. But if he has the week we expect, he should be our quarterback."
Jones' comments confirm what CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Sunday morning. La Canfora said that barring any setback, Romo would be the team's starter in London.
Romo was originally injured after he took a knee to the back in an overtime loss to the Redskins on Oct. 27.
It's not a surprise after the offense struggled under QB Brandon Weeden against the Cardinals. The Jags were ranked 13th in allowing fantasy points to QBs coming into Week 9, so it's not as great of a matchup as you might think. And, Romo's health will still be in question. But, Romo does have some nice matchups coming up, especially the final five weeks of the season.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered two fractured transverse process in his back in the loss to the Washington Redskins but there remains a chance he could play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, according to multiple sources.
The Cowboys and Romo have stressed this is not related to the disk surgery he had last December and is not a threat to end his season. Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty suffered a similar injury this season and missed just one game.
The transverse process is a small bone that sticks out from either side of the vertebrae. Romo has been receiving treatment multiple hours of treatment all week at the Cowboys' facility and at home.
ESPN's Ed Werder reported Romo would either start or be inactive against the Cardinals. He did not practice all week and is officially listed as questionable. Owners counting on Romo need a backup plan. The good news is the Cards-Cowboys game is an early afternoon contest, so we'll know Romo's status by around 11:30 Sunday a.m. Brandon Weeden would start if Romo is inactive and at least offers emergency potential for owners in a bind.
Friday, October 31, 2014, 5:43pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 9. Griffin has been medically cleared to play and will start, per HC Jay Gruden. He’s a risky start in his first game back, but given his weapons and ability add fantasy points in the running game, we believe he’s a high-end QB2 against the Vikings.
Thursday, October 30, 2014, 6:15pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) took full practice reps again Thursday. Griffin has been medically cleared to play and will start, per HC Jay Gruden. He’s a risky start, but given his weapons and ability add fantasy points in the running game, we believe he’s a high-end QB2 against the Vikings.
Although Alfred Morris is having an off year, HC Jay Gruden still has confidence in him. “Well, I think from an expectation level, I think we all expected him to have probably more yards, more touchdowns and that’s a combination of things—not getting as many looks, me not calling enough runs, maybe,” he said. “Like I said, in the running game, there’s a lot of things that can go wrong. But he is where he is. He’s still a force.”
Cowboys beat writer Todd Archer on DeMarco Murray's heavy workload: There’s some concern about it, and they have rested him at different times for a series or a few plays in the first half of the past three games, but he is their bell cow. He is their guy. They will be mindful of how much work he gets, but he’s too good to take off the field for extended spells. They like backup running backs Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar, but those guys can’t do what Murray does in the run and pass game. He doesn’t look like he’s wearing down. He had 19 carries for 141 yards against the Redskins, so his carries were down from what they had been. But I’d maintain he took more of a beating in that game than he did when he had 29 carries in Week 2 against the Tennessee Titans. Jason Garrett was around Emmitt Smith for the bulk of his career, so I think he has a watchful eye to this sort of thing, as does Scott Linehan, who was around Steven Jackson in St. Louis. They will be smart with Murray, but not to the point that it costs them games.
Murray is averaging 29.0 touches per game, which is a big increase from the 19.3 touches he averaged in 2013. So far, he hasn't shown any signs of wearing down, but Murray owners should try to secure Joseph Randle just in case. Those owners who don't own Murray would be wise to stash Randle (or hold him ransom) in case Murray breaks down.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 6:48pm
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday. Griffin has been medically cleared to play and Dianna Marie Russini of NBC4 in Washington, D.C. reported via Twitter that Griffin will indeed start against the Vikings.
This has yet to be confirmed by the team, but it looks like Griffin may make his return this week. Due to his ability to run the ball, he'd likely land somewhere in the 13-15 range in our Week 9 quarterback rankings.
Two days after suffering a painful contusion to his lower back in the 20-17 overtime loss to the Washington Redskins, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo remains in limbo for Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.
The good news, according to owner Jerry Jones, is that Romo didn’t suffer a season-ending injury, per results of a CT scan on Tuesday.
But Jones acknowledges Romo’s status remains in doubt because of questions concerning his pain tolerance and ability to function with the injury.
Jones said it will likely come down to a game-time decision.
Robert Griffin III is “very, very, very close” to returning to the Redskins’ lineup, Coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday. But the team still has not decided if it will happen Sunday in Minnesota or after the bye week.
“We’re not going to rush Robert back no matter what happens,” Gruden said on a conference call with reporters, asked whether Colt McCoy's performance in Dallas has changed Griffin's timeline at all. “We’re going to make sure he’s 100-percent. And until we feel like he’s 100-pecent, Colt will still play. And Colt did a great job, obviously, leading us to victory against Dallas.”
Gruden added: “But it’s all going to be predicated on when a doctor say he’s 100-percent, when Robert feels like he’s 100-percent and when I feel like he’s ready to take game-time reps.”
Griffin, who has been sidelined since Week 2 with a left ankle injury, was inactive for a sixth straight game on Monday night in Dallas, where McCoy shook off some early struggles and directed the Redskins to a 20-17 win in overtime.
The story added that after the game against Dallas, Griffin said he had hoped to return against the Cowboys but the Redskins’ medical team and coaching staff decided it would be best if he sat out a bit longer. How much longer could be determined in the coming days, according to Gruden. After an off day Tuesday, the players return to Redskins Park for a light practice on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be normal workdays and, sometime after that, Gruden will make his decision on a starter, according to the story. The bye week follows the Minnesota game and it may be a logical opportunity to get RGIII an extra week of health. For those interested in RGIII, his schedule starts to look pretty good after the bye week with lots of "green" featured on his SOS profile. The way things stand now, only the 49ers (Week 12) is a tough matchup on paper between Weeks 11-16.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 8:49pm
Washington’s receivers weren’t too happy at halftime. It doesn’t take a lot of digging to realize why. The starting three combined for seven targets in the first two quarters of Monday night’s win at Dallas. Meanwhile, the offense had produced three points.
Nobody felt it more than Pierre Garcon, who had just one ball thrown his way in the first half (resulting in a 2-yard loss). In fact, Garcon has only had 24 passes thrown his way the past five games combined. This after being targeted a combined 31 times in the first three games.
“In the first half, everybody was a little frustrated,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “I know the receivers were a little frustrated. I know Pierre was frustrated because there were so many things we felt we were leaving on the table. I ... put out some fires.”
Garcon averaged around 12 targets a game last year so it's easy to see why he's frustrated. The QB play for Washington has been inconsistent and Colt McCoy was the third QB to start this season. Garcon owners may want to try and stay patient as the return of QB Robert Griffin III could help Garcon's production in the second half of the season.
Romo was sacked midway through the third quarter. Romo, who reached for his back immediately after the hit by Washington linebacker Keenan Robinson, remained on his back for several minutes as he talked with team trainers and a team doctor.
Romo was slowly rolled on his side before he sat up and walked off under his own power. The Cowboys quarterback then headed directly to the locker room to be evaluated. He returned to the sideline midway through the fourth quarter. He threw several passes on the sideline in full pads with his helmet on.
After the game, coach Jason Garrett said Romo has back contusion and X-rays were negative.
Romo was due to have an MRI on his back Tuesday. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, pain tolerance and functional ability will now be key for Romo going forward. It's certainly a situation to monitor if you count on Romo as your fantasy QB.
Greg Ducre CB
Robert Griffin QB
Jackson Jeffcoat DE
Spencer Long G
Aldrick Robinson WR
Clifton Geathers DT
Tyler Polumbus T
No surprise here as reports all day indicated Griffin was closer to doubtful than questionable. Colt McCoy gets the start, but it isn't a great matchup against a Dallas defense playing well this season.
Colt McCoy will start as expected.
RGIII has been out since Week 2 with a dislocated ankle. Although listed as questionable, he was closer to doubtful according to sources. He'll miss his sixth straight game. With a bye in Week 10 the Redskins could hold out the quarterback an additional week and have him return in Week 11 for the stretch run, the story added.
QB Robert Griffin (ankle), CB Tracy Porter (hamstring)
DE Jack Crawford (calf)
RGIII is questionable and was limited at practice all week. The team said they are preparing as of Colt McCoy is starting, but leaving open the possibility Griffin will play. Seems like a longshot, and owners shouldn't count on him. On top of those risks, the Cowboys defense has been playing well this year so it's not a great matchup for Washington on the road.