Brandon Weeden knows his role. He’s the backup quarterback.
But he also knows he’ll have to get ready to play just in case Tony Romo can’t play.
“It’s different,” Weeden said Wednesday. “I haven’t really been in this situation. I’m going to do it like I’ve been doing up until this point and just prepare mentally, physically like I’m going to play. That’s the only way you can really do it, and if you do it any other way, it’s tough. I’m just going to treat it like I’m playing on Sunday. If I do, good, and if I don’t, I’ll be ready if something happens. Who knows. We’ll see. I’ll see as the week goes on. I’m not sure how he’s feeling. I’ll just play it by ear and keep doing what I’ve been doing.”
Weeden expects Romo, who has a back contusion, to play if at all possible.
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“I know if he has any chance to play, he’ll play,” Weeden said.
Weeden took all the first-team snaps in the team’s light, abbreviated practice Wednesday. Of course, Romo has not practiced on Wednesday the past seven weeks.
That helped get Weeden prepared to play Monday when he went 4-for-6 for 69 yards, a touchdown and a 145.1 passer rating in Romo’s absence against the Redskins. He led the Cowboys to two scores, and the game was tied 17-17 when Weeden turned the quarterbacking back over to Romo.
“He did a nice job,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said of Weeden. “I thought he had poise and composure, ran the offense, handled himself in the huddle, at the line of scrimmage, made good decisions, made good throws, led us on a couple of scoring drives. He really did a nice job. Not a real surprise. He’s practiced well, and he’s done well when he’s had opportunities with us and in the past, but it was good to see him go out there and function as well as he did.”
Weeden, the No. 22 overall pick of the Browns in 2012, is 5-15 as a starter. His last start was a 32-28 loss to the Jaguars on Dec. 1. He has lost his past seven starts, with his last victory coming on Dec. 9, 2012, against the Chiefs, a 30-7 win.
The Cowboys are 6-8 in the 14 games they have played without Romo since he became the starter in 2006. That includes a season-ending loss to the Eagles in 2013 after Romo underwent surgery for a herniated disk.