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Jason Garrett: Tony Romo has a lot of football left in him

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Tony Romo’s long-term future with the Dallas Cowboys has been called into question after he suffered his second broken clavicle of the season and the third one of his career, especially given the veteran quarterback will be 36 years old the next time he takes the field with the team in a meaningful game.

But to hear it from Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, the organization remains fully committed to Romo and expressed optimism that the quarterback can continue to produce victories for the team in the future.

“We think Tony has a lot of football left in him,” Garrett said, via DallasCowboys.com. “Unfortunate for him, the collarbone was broken a couple of times this year. We do think that’s an injury that will heal.”

Romo’s latest injury setback occurred in a Thanksgiving Day loss to the Carolina Panthers, mere weeks after he returned from the broken collarbone suffered in Week 2 that kept him off the field for seven games, all Dallas losses.

Calling Romo a “great leader” and a “great teammate,” Garrett added that the quarterback wishes he could have contributed more this season, saying, “Tony wants to play as much as anybody,” before adding, “then you get a chance to come back and then it happens again, those are not easy.”

Garrett added he believes Romo can come back better than ever and that the clavicle injuries are of a short-term nature and the back issues that have plagued him over recent seasons are a thing of the past.

“We think he’s going to come back and be as strong as he’s ever been and he’s going to be able to play without any issues,” Garrett said.

Some have questioned the wisdom of bringing back Romo despite the risk of reinjury. But Jerry Jones defended the decision, saying putting Romo back out there given the possibility of providing for “a fairy-tale turnaround and doing something that was special.”

Still, given the nature of the Cowboys’ lost season and likely high pick, it wouldn’t be surprising if the team strongly considered drafting its quarterback of the future in next year’s draft, no matter how much faith they have in Romo for next season.