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Romo still out; Dak Prescott-Carson Wentz rookie showdown is set

Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott (4) will start against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday as veteran Tony Romo remains sidelined with a fractured bone in his back for the seventh straight game.
Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott (4) will start against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday as veteran Tony Romo remains sidelined with a fractured bone in his back for the seventh straight game. rmallison@star-telegram.com

Injured quarterback Tony Romo was not on the practice field Monday when the NFC East-leading Dallas Cowboys (5-1) resumed work following last week’s bye for Sunday’s first-place match up against the Philadelphia Eagles (4-2).

Romo, who remains sidelined with the fractured bone in his back, was long targeted to return for this week’s game. But he is still doing rehab to strengthen his back and his core.

Romo’s absence officially sets up the much-anticipated rookie quarterback showdown between Dallas’ Dak Prescott and Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz.

Prescott, a fourth-round pick in 2016 NFL Draft, has thrown 8 touchdowns to just 1 interception and is the league’s fifth-ranked passer, while leading the Cowboys to five straight wins.

Wentz was picked second overall has been just as impressive with 8 touchdowns and 3 interceptions.

Star-Telegram beat writers Clarence Hill and Charean Williams provide an early look at Sunday night's game between the Cowboys and Eagles. Video by Drew Davison.

In other good news for the Cowboys, they should get a number of key injured players back for Sunday’s game.

Receiver Dez Bryant, who has missed the last three games with a hairline fracture in his right knee, practiced full on Monday as did cornerback Orlando Scandrick, who missed the past four games with hamstring strains in both legs.

Tackle Tyron Smith (back) did not practice on Monday, likely out of precaution but the Cowboys did welcome back his back Chaz Green, who missed the last two games with a strained foot.

Running back Lance Dunbar (knee) also returned to practice after missing the past two games.

Cornerback Morris Claiborne, who left the Green Bay Packers game two weeks ago with a concussion, was back at practice Monday as well.

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