Having suffered injuries to their two best players, the Dallas Cowboys are 2-3 and on a three-game losing streak. The team is trying to remain respectable until Dez Bryant and Tony Romo return, and are having a difficult time defending their NFC East title.
Bryant suffered a foot injury in Week 1, and he hasn’t seen the field since. Romo broke the collarbone from his non-throwing shoulder the following game, and Dallas is set to start their third different quarterback of 2015. The Cowboys’ No.1 wide receiver could return soon, though Romo isn’t close to suiting up any time in the near future.
When Bryant first went down, different reports gave varying timetables regarding his potential return, saying he could be out anywhere from four weeks to 12 weeks. The All-Pro has missed four games in five weeks, though he hasn’t been ruled out of Dallas’ game against the New York Giants on Sunday.
"It totally depends on how he's doing," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan's Shan and RJ show. "He had a good end of the week last week. He got in some really good work. He didn't have much negative response from that work. It was strenuous work, the kind that if he can step out here and have a couple of really good days of practice then you could see him go."
Bryant caught five passes for 48 yards in the season opener. Without him, Terrance Williams has become the team’s No.1 wide receiver. Tight end Jason Witten leads the team with 30 catches for 271 yards.
If Bryant does return soon, he’ll have to catch passes from someone other than Romo. The veteran quarterback didn’t require surgery when he broke his collarbone in Week 2, but he was placed on injured reserve/designated to return. That means he won’t be eligible to play until Nov.18, putting him in line to start against the Miami Dolphins.
Romo will miss at least four more games, including two divisional contests. Brandon Weeden started in his place for three games, but head coach Jason Garrett has decided to make a change. He’ll give Matt Cassell the start on Sunday, since Dallas has been outscored 95-54 with Weeden as the starter.
There’s no guarantee that Romo will be ready in Week 11 against the Dolphins, but Garrett has indicated that Romo’s rehab has gone well.
"Obviously he can't do anything on the practice field, he's four games away from doing it," Garrett said, via The Dallas Morning News. "But I think he's made progress, he's moving around better. I think there is some things that are uncomfortable for him, but I think as you look at how he's healed, everything has been positive up to this point."
Only six teams have thrown for fewer yards than the Cowboys in 2015. Dallas is No. 29 in passing touchdowns (5).