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August 14, 2012

Extra time for Romo a spur-of-the-moment call

Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the decision to give starting quarterback Tony Romo a third series in Monday night’s 3-0 victory over the Oakland Raiders was a spur-of-the-month call. It was made because the team’s first two series were less than spectacular.

“We had a plan to play those guys eight to 12 plays and I think, after two series, Tony had been in eight plays and they weren’t really that good.” Garrett said. “So we just said, ‘Hey, let’s keep him in there for one more series and I thought that was a good sequence or a good opportunity for those guys as a group to play a little longer.”

The bottom line, of course, showed the first-team offense gained 14 net yards on 10 plays. Included was a 24-yard completion to Dez Bryant, so the top offense actually went backward the rest of the way. The Cowboys escaped without any fresh injuries to offensive players.

_ Jimmy Burch

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