Cowboys won't sit Tony Romo even if playoff chances are remote

Jerry Jones says Romo will start when healthy (2:24)

Herm Edwards reacts to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' comments that Tony Romo will play when he's available, even if Dallas is out of the playoff hunt. (2:24)

IRVING, Texas -- The question has been raised by more than a few people thanks to the way the Cowboys' season has unfolded -- will Tony Romo play if Dallas' chances of making the playoffs are remote?

Speaking on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas on Tuesday, Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones discounted any idea of sitting Romo for the season.

The Cowboys are on a six-game losing streak since Romo suffered a broken left collarbone and will play their final game without him Sunday against the Buccaneers with Matt Cassel at quarterback.

Romo will be eligible to return from the injured reserve/designated to return list Nov. 22 against the Dolphins.

"When he gets on the field against Miami, and it most assuredly will be at this juncture, there's no set of circumstances that we wouldn't play him and play him with hopes of winning that game and winning the rest of the ballgames," Jones told the station. "I think not only our game but sports in general, if you've got an opportunity, if you got a chance to win this thing, then you take it.

"I know I'm talking in generalities, but specifically, we have a team that could really, from the standpoint of the personnel that's on the field, really be a top team as we get into the last half of this season. We want to show our fans that."

Romo will take part in on-field work for the second straight week, most likely starting on Thursday, as the Cowboys don't want him to work three straight days. Coach Jason Garrett said Monday that Romo had a good practice last Friday, when he worked with the scout team in seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills. Romo will continue to work with the scout team this week because Cassel needs the first-team offensive reps.

The odds of the Cowboys making a run to the playoffs are long, but a win Sunday against the Buccaneers would keep them in the chase. They are two games out in the loss column in the NFC East behind the first-place Giants (5-4), who play the undefeated Patriots on Sunday.

But Jones acknowledged the Cowboys could be at a point where they need help from other teams even if Romo is successful when he returns.

"We haven't looked at the rest of the league, but we've been doing math as far as the rest of the division," Jones told 105.3 The Fan. "Your players aren't doing that. Your players are aware, but they are focused on the preparation for Tampa in this case.

"But certainly to the extent that we know if we won out or win a significant part of these games, we know that the same things have impacted us could impact any of these teams ahead of us. But all of that is conjecture. You know, teams have injuries. Teams have various challenges along the way and that could happen to anybody that's ahead of you right now, New York or some of those, and they could start playing at a level that gives us a shot."