Jason Garrett: Tony Romo might not play in Hall of Fame game

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett might keep Tony Romo on the bench in the Hall of Fame game. (USATSI)
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett might keep Tony Romo on the bench in the Hall of Fame game. (USATSI)

If you plan on tuning in to the 2013 Hall of Fame game only because you want to see Tony Romo play, Jason Garrett has some bad news for you: Romo might not play. The Dallas coach said there's a chance he'll keep his starting quarterback on the bench the entire time for the Cowboys Aug. 4 preseason opener against the Dolphins

"It's one of those deals where I suppose he could play five plays or whatever, but we might lean to no plays," Garrett said, via 105.3 the Fan in Dallas-Ft. Worth. "But the clock starts on our [first-teamers] in Week 2 of the preseason.  So that's not going to be Tony's game."

It might not be No. 2 quarterback Kyle Orton's game either. 

"That’s going to be a Nick Stephens game and an Alex Tanney game," Garrett said, referring to the two quarterbacks who will be battling for the Cowboys third string role. Tanney is a recent addition to the team who just signed on July 21.  

Romo only playing five plays against the Dolphins wouldn't be a complete surprise, but zero plays would be. Most starting quarterbacks see at least one series of action in the NFL's annual first preseason game, including Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who played in one offensive series in the 2012 Hall of Fame game. 

The Cowboys last played in the Hall of Fame game in 2010 against the Bengals, a game where Romo saw action on the team's opening offensive series.   

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