The time is getting closer for the Dallas Cowboys to make a decision regarding their starting quarterback. After being inactive for the first nine weeks of the 2016 NFL season, Tony Romo could be healthy enough to play in Week 10.
Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones ruled out Romo early last week, saying the quarterback would not be ready to return against the Cleveland Browns. After Sunday’s 35-10 win, Jones wouldn’t rule out activating Romo for next week’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Unlike last week, I wouldn’t speculate,” Jones said via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Sunday. “I don’t know. But he will do more. And he’s really doing things that are strong relative to last year’s strength. He’s ahead of last year.”
Romo has been out since the third game of the preseason when he suffered a broken bone in his back, but he returned to practice as a limited participant two weeks ago. Jones indicated that there’s a chance Romo will be activated on the roster and serve as Dak Prescott’s backup for the team’s next game.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, however, the odds are not in favor of Romo being ready to suit up in just a few days.
Monday and Tuesday, Tony Romo will focus on conditioning & change-of-direction. May not even practice fully this week. Doesn’t sound ready.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 7, 2016
Romo missed two months last season with a broken clavicle, but there was no doubt that he would be the starter upon his return. That isn’t the case in 2016, considering how well Prescott has played.
With the rookie signal caller at the helm, Dallas has gone 7-1, tying the New England Patriots for the NFL’s best record. After throwing three more touchdown passes against Cleveland, Prescott has the league’s fourth-best passer rating.
Still, Jones hasn’t committed to starting either Romo or Prescott when both quarterbacks are healthy.
“We’ve got a great luxury, a wonderful problem to have. We’ve got some real talent at our quarterback position. I think Tony Romo is one of the best quarterbacks that have played this game. My real regret would be to have had him here and not won a Super Bowl with him. He’s that talented. And now look at Dak and how he’s playing, his future, so I just don’t have a problem with this situation.”
The Cowboys are the Super Bowl favorites in the NFC, and they appear to be a certainty to reach the postseason. Dallas has missed the playoffs in five of the last six years.