Early Look: Cowboys Have QB Concern... Again

Dallas owner not willing to throw the towel in on inconsistent QB Tony Romo. But with more uneven play so far, you have to wonder which Romo will show up in Week 6 when they travel to Foxboro to face the Patriots.

The Cowboys are using the bye week to get healthy. Coach Jason Garrett hopes they will also use the time to forget the meltdown against the Lions.

   The Cowboys have 13 days until they play the Patriots Oct. 16.

   They will have a few light practices during the bye week to stay sharp.

   But the focus, considering the team's plethora of injuries to key personnel, is physical health and emotional focus.

   "It's a good time for a bye for our team," Garrett said. "We've been banged up for the last three weeks with different guys. Hopefully, we'll give guys a chance to take a breath and heal up a little bit this week. We'll give some other guys a chance to get some reps, but at the same time we'll look at some things we want to look at both offensively and defensively as we go forward to see if it fits, and also sharpen up the things we have been working on."

   The litany of injured should be ready to go against the Patriots, including Miles Austin (hamstring), kicker David Buehler (groin), defensive end Jason Hatcher (calf) and Tony Fiammetta (hamstring) who all missed the Lions game. Nickel back Orlando Scandrick has been out since the season opener with a high-ankle sprain. He should also be back. And quarterback Tony Romo should be closer to health with his fractured ribs as will be running back Felix Jones.

   "A lot of guys will be able to come back," Garrett said. "We've got a lot of guys aiming toward this bye week to start getting this work again. Hopefully practice for the New England game. I don't think that's a 100 percenter, but we're getting closer and closer to having most of our troops back."

   --The Cowboys will ride or die with quarterback Tony Romo. That much is clear.

   The support from owner Jerry Jones on down is unwavering, but Romo must eliminate the inconsistency and miscues from his games, especially late in games.

   All of his interceptions this season have come in the second half of games, and Romo is 3-7 in his last 10 starts.

   "There's no issue about faith in Romo," Jones said to reporters outside the locker room after Sunday's loss to Detroit. "In any place in this organization, period. Any place. There's no issue regarding Tony. I had all the confidence in the world, in the last drive, that he gives us the best chance to go down and score a touchdown. We didn't get it done. But we've got a lot of faith in Romo. This doesn't touch that."

   Asked if it's possible to take the turnovers out of Romo's game, Jones said: "Well, you don't, in terms of that. Because if you're going to try to make the plays, then you've got a chance to have some bad plays. However we go, we'll go with Tony. As Tony goes, we'll go."

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