Sitting Tony Romo all season might be best

IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said today there's a chance quarterback Tony Romo, out 6-to-8 weeks with a broken left collarbone, might not return this season.

The Cowboys' record would have a lot to do with that, but the organization should consider sitting Romo for the rest of the season regardless.

The Cowboys are 1-5 and with 10 games remaining in the regular season. It appears doubtful a playoff push is possible.

Several players said the season isn't over and that there's no quit in this team.

"We obviously didn’t expect to be 1-5 at this point," linebacker Keith Brooking said. "But if you’ve been in this league long enough, you know that every season is not a great season. There are ups and downs throughout the course of the year. But regardless of what comes your way, you have to put the week before behind you."

Jon Kitna is taking over at quarterback, and while he has looked good in practice the last two days, it's hard to believe the Cowboys can win at least eight or nine of their last 10 games with him running things.

"We'll just see what the circumstances are at that time," Jones said Thursday. "We'll see how well we're playing. They remember what you do in November. That is an old college saying that my coach used to say all the time."

If the Cowboys make a push and are in contention with two weeks remaining in the regular season when it's expected Romo might be ready to play, Kitna deserves to finish the job.

If Kitna gets the Cowboys into the postseason, please let's not start a quarterback controversy. It would only mean Kitna is a hot quarterback and over the long term Romo is still the better option. But for 2010, Kitna leads the team.

The Cowboys shouldn't put Romo at risk for the rest of the year. It's not about tanking the year for a high draft pick, because we think Kitna can win some games.

With Romo out, the Cowboys should let Kitna finish the season.

"I wouldn't be presumptuous enough to know how fast he's going to heal," Jones said. "The faster he heals, the better I like it. We will be weighing that aspect of where he is in the healing process relative to any risk that you might take with him playing."

This Cowboys team is frustrated with the losing, especially after they solved special teams and penalty issues Monday night and still couldn't beat the Giants.

"It is frustrating not to win," center Andre Gurode said. "Yeah, you always want to win and I think everybody on this team wanted to win [Monday]."