It is finally official. Tony Romo won't be coming back for either of the two remaining games on the schedule. It really isn't much of a surprise at this point. When Romo failed to return to practice over the last two weeks the writing was on the wall. At this point there just isn't enough time for him to practice and work himself back into game shape. Tony needs to get himself healthy and come back to offseason workouts in great shape.
I was hoping to see Romo for at least a game or two down the stretch even if the games are meaningless. But if he isn't healthy, he isn't healthy. There is no arguing with that. You can't risk your franchise quarterback in two essentially meaningless games if you aren't certain he is coming back at 100%. I have no doubt he would be out there if these last two games had playoff implications.
What I was happy to hear is that Romo will be traveling with the team. He has been functioning as an extra coach on the sidelines over the last two months. The people who question his leadership qualities need to watch him function on the sidelines during the games. Tony has been helping Kitna, the offensive line, the receivers, the running backs and even some of the defensive players. He may not be out on the field but he has plenty of experience that allows him to see some things that the coaches may not see on the field.
It is depressing to think that we will have to wait until next season to see Romo out there leading the offense again. I can only hope that absence will make the heart grow fonder for all of the Romo haters out there. Like I've said before, Kitna has done an admirable job filling in for Romo. But the offense has lost much of its explosiveness without Romo running the show. I have no doubt Romo will be at the top of his game to start the season next year. The Cowboys need him if they have any hope of getting back to the playoffs next season.