Jason Garrett: If Tony Romo is healthy, he's playing

Romo: 'It's just a very disappointing day'

Tony Romo addresses the media after suffering another collarbone injury in the Cowboys' loss to the Panthers.

ARLINGTON, Texas -- While many might think all hope is lost for the Dallas Cowboys after Thursday’s 33-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers, Jason Garrett is not one of them.

If the CT scan of Tony Romo’s left collarbone comes back with favorable -- if unexpected -- news Friday, then Garrett will not hesitate using the quarterback.

“If Tony’s ready to play,” Garrett said, “he’s going to play.”

Owner and general manager Jerry Jones indicated the chances of Romo playing Dec. 7 against the Washington Redskins or even the “games ahead” might be difficult if the results of the CT scan show a break.

At 3-8, the Cowboys remain closer to the worst record in the NFL than a possible playoff spot. The saving grace has been the poor play in the rest of the NFC East.

The New York Giants lead the division with a 5-5 record. The Philadelphia Eagles were stomped by the Detroit Lions Thursday to fell to 4-7. The Washington Redskins are 4-6.

Regardless of record would Romo play?

“Absolutely,” Garrett said.

Considering Romo missed eight weeks from the first time he broke his collarbone and the financial commitment the Cowboys have in him, it might be more prudent to sit Romo, especially if they are out of the chase or hanging on by a whisker.

The Cowboys have Matt Cassel, who went 0-4 in Romo’s initial absence, ready to start and would likely recall Kellen Moore from the practice squad.

But Garrett was holding firm Thursday night.

“All hands on deck,” the coach said. “Anybody’s who’s available is playing.”