Jerry Jones hopes that Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will play again this season, and the owner/general manager's optimism grew after a pregame throwing session Sunday.
Jones said that Romo threw Sunday for the first time since breaking his left collarbone in the Oct. 25 loss to the New York Giants. The injury is expected to sideline Romo at least another three weeks, according to a source.
Team sources told ESPN Senior NFL Analyst Chris Mortensen earlier Sunday that Romo was due for X-rays either Sunday or Monday, but Jones said after the game that X-rays weren't necessary at this point.
Backup quarterback Jon Kitna has had back-to-back outstanding performances during the 3-7 Cowboys' two-game winning streak, but Jones said Kitna's success would not affect the decision about Romo's return.
"When I think of Tony, I think of it more as when he's ready, that type of thing, more than I think about how well Kitna's played," Jones said.
Jones believes there is value in finishing a season with a "good taste" in the Cowboys' mouth, which is why Romo could play in December even if Dallas is officially eliminated from playoff contention.
At first thought, it's hard to believe the Cowboys would want Romo to come back at all this year, especially if they are eliminated. But after a second thought...
There's a good reason to keep Romo around in an IR spot based on this story. If you're headed for a deep playoff run, he faces Washington and Arizona in weeks 15 and 16.