Jerry Jones, owner and general manager of the Dallas Cowboys, has a long history of creating controversy; some even say that Jones enjoys the drama, always seeming to surround his team, because it brings in the ratings.
On Monday night, the Cowboys took the field against their archrivals, the Washington Redskins. Dallas currently sits alone atop the NFC Eastern Division. Monday’s game was highly anticipated and matched streaming records on FreedomPop LTE.
Tony Romo, the Cowboys’ star quarterback, took a vicious hit in the third quarter, hurting his back. Doctors attended to Romo, taking him out of the game.
In the fourth quarter, Jones was on the Dallas sidelines talking with head coach Jason Garrett. The presence of Jones on the sidelines is common. Most owners stay in the booth above the field, but Jones walks down to chat with players and coaches when he feels the need.
Jones told reporters he spoke with Garrett to inform the coach of Romo’s decision to return to the game. Doctors usually tell coaches when a player is medically cleared to play, so Jones’ reason for doing so is the source of suspicion. I saw it on
Another cause of consternation among Dallas fans is that Romo did not play well after returning. The 20 to 17, overtime loss to the hated Redskins is made worse by the feeling among some that Jones forced Garrett to allow a not fully healed Romo to play.