Cowboys cut Brandon Weeden, clear way for ‘razor sharp’ Tony Romo
The Dallas Cowboys on Tuesday released Brandon Weeden to make room for Tony Romo’s return to the active roster and all but assuring that the veteran signal-caller will be ready to go Sunday for a showdown with the Miami Dolphins.
Romo, out since suffering a broken clavicle in a Week 2 win over the Philadelphia Eagles — the last game in which the 2-7 Cowboys notched a victory — appears slated to return in the first game he’s eligible to play in after he was placed on the injured reserve/designated to return list.
Weeden was ineffective at best in his starts in Romo’s stead and was ultimately unseated by Matt Cassel, who didn’t fare much better.
While it’s reasonable to assume that Romo will have to knock off a lot of rust after such a lengthy amount of time away from playing, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Tuesday suggested Romo looks good to go.
“He’s razor sharp as to the practicing of what we’re trying to put on the field with our game plan, so that’s just not an issue,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan, via The Dallas Morning News. “He’s in it and in it in a big way. He can spend the time really going over where we had opportunities, not second-guessing, but just breaking it down, for what we did against Tampa the other day, what we did or didn’t do against Philadelphia.
“He’s in it and he’s sharp. He’s also really moving the ball around good at practice, so all of those things make it feel optimistic to me.”
Jones previously stated that the Cowboys desperately needed Romo “back under center,” and that obvious observation came before the team’s last two losses. Still, Jones and company nevertheless believe the Cowboys still have life with perhaps the only saving grace being the team resides in the woeful NFC East, which has the New York Giants leading the way with a 5-5 record.
A remarkable run to the postseason nevertheless seems like a nearly insurmountable obstacle given the hole that the Cowboys have dug for themselves. But don’t tell Romo that.