Cowboys coach Wade Phillips had fun with the local debate about whether Tony Romo should play in the team's third exhibition game, considering two offensive linemen will be out. The Cowboys have said Romo will play despite right tackle Marc Colombo and left guard Kyle Kosier being injured and unable to play.
“I stayed up all night worried about Romo, but I think he’ll be all right playing behind a makeshift offensive line," Phillips joked.
Colombo should be back for the season opener Sept. 12 opener after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery this week. Kosier has a sprained MCL that might keep him out until the team's bye week, which comes the fourth week of the season. Phillips said he thought the idea of not playing Romo was "silly."
"[Defensive end Marcus] Spears is out, so should we not play Bradie [James]?" Phillips asked. "...We'll come up with things to help us to protect the quarterback; the quarterback will get rid of the ball; or we'll run the ball every play if we have to. Romo needs to get ready to play. He doesn't need to sit out the whole preseason, and neither one of those guys are going to be back in the preseason, so the theory of, 'Well, don't put him in there because those two guys are gone,' then he doesn't play. He just sits out. That's the silly part to me."
-- Charean Williams