The Cowboys haven’t had much to say about their quarterback situation, which has only gotten more complicated as Dak Prescott has continued to play well and as Tony Romo’s back has continued to heal. But new report from ESPN suggests that the team will have to make a definitive choice sooner rather than later.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, Romo is healthy enough to play, and the decision as to whether he should return to the field now rests solely with the Cowboys’ coaching staff. Werder reports that Romo could be in uniform this weekend, barring any setbacks during practice this week.
Earlier this week, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones went on 105.3 The Fan and said that the team will “play it by ear” when it comes to deciding who should start (transcription via ESPN):
“The key thing that I want to emphasize [is] that we probably are never going to have this totally sorted out,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas. “We’re going to play it by ear, play it as it comes. We can do that. And to do it really right for the advantage of the team, which we deserve, he’s really got to be ready to go at the top of his game.
The Cowboys are 7-1 and Prescott is playing about as well as anyone could have asked for, and that makes “we probably are never going to have this totally sorted out” a seemingly strange thing to say about a team in such solid shape. Benching Prescott in favor of Romo seems like a crazy thing to even consider.
Maybe there isn’t really a question at all. It’s entirely possible that the Cowboys have timed this report simply to force the Steelers to prepare for two different quarterbacks going into Sunday’s game, and that Prescott is still the definitive starter. That would be a bit of gamesmanship that might help give the Cowboys an edge this week, but at some point a more formal decision will have to be made.