Aug 16, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) throws prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Jerry Jones: Tony Romo won't play in 3rd quarter of Cowboys' preseason game

The Dallas Cowboys are hoping for a healthy Tony Romo at the start of the regular season. To help ensure that Romo doesn’t get injured in a meaningless, the Cowboys will hold him out of the third quarter in Saturday’s preseason game.

“Let’s just all step back and ask ourselves: Can we afford to have him take some snaps with how many days before we play a game, two weeks, three weeks before we play a game? We don’t want to risk him getting [injured], four days, five days before we play San Francisco,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said Friday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “We got time, so you want some snaps. We know it would be good to have him with this group and having different colored jerseys to play against. All of that would be good, good for the team. And it will happen.

“Now, whether or not it happens to the tune of 15 plays, 13 plays or 20 plays has everything to do with how those series go. The other night we got out there with that ball for probably … all but a minute of that first quarter. We were moving the ball, blocking good, protecting well. We had a couple of breakdowns, but still, it wasn’t time to take Tony out. We got some work and he got work he wanted to go on. That’s the way you look at it.

“I’m not so sure that anybody knows exactly how many snaps [he’s going to get]. I can tell you that almost assuredly, he won’t be in there in the third quarter. But by the same token, I can tell you that you’re going to see him, and you’ll see him in the first half. How much of it, I really don’t know.”

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