"Everything we are and we have accomplished over the last few years, that you believe in and you hold on to, is because of him," said tight end Jason Witten, the franchise leader in catches who came into the league with Romo in 2003. "What he creates week in and week out, day in and day out, I don't think you look at a couple of plays and determine. I think that would be foolish for anybody to do that."
Jones' unwavering support for Romo — backed by the offseason signing of a six-year, $108 million contract extension with more guaranteed money than Super Bowl winner Joe Flacco — could get a little tricky if Orton leads an improbable win against the Eagles. Philadelphia jumped from a 2½-point favorite to a 6½-point pick after news of the Romo injury broke.
The Cowboys obviously aren't worried about those implications at the moment. They're simply trying to tell the world they can beat the high-scoring Eagles without the guy who carries the label of the quarterback who can't win the big one, or keeps finding ways to lose it.
"Tony is our guy but we've got to move ahead and go from there," receiver Dez Bryant said. "For us, we believe in our quarterbacks. I don't think it's going to be much of a big issue for us."
Romo didn't practice Wednesday or Thursday, and coach Jason Garrett said he wasn't involved in many meetings either. He missed his regular weekly media session Thursday and hasn't been seen during the open portion of practice or in the locker room.
And yet, the Cowboys just can't seem to let go.
"I think we've gotten used to him kind of limping around and finding a way and somehow, some way, Wednesday rolls around and he's back out there," Witten said. "I think we all believed that would be the case."
It wasn't, so maybe now the world will find out what the Cowboys can do without him.
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