Jerry Jones acknowledged Thursday that the team's record could factor into whether or not quarterback Tony Romo returns this season.
The owner was emphatic in the team's lockerroom Monday night, saying when Romo was ready to return from a fractured collarbone that he would play, regardless of the team's record. Jones backed off that stance Thursday.
"I don't know,'' Jones said. "We have to see what the circumstances are at that time. We have to see how well we are playing.''
If Romo is out for eight weeks, which appears likely, that would put him back in the lineup for the Cowboys game at Arizona on Christmas night. If the Cowboys have been eliminated from the playoff race by then, the wisdom of letting him play would be called into question.
Christmas night is week 16, which is the finals for a lot of fantasy leagues. The Cardinals present a tempting matchup where Romo could find a lot of success if things stay on pace. It's something to keep in mind if you're on the fence about putting Romo on IR or just releasing him.