Owner Jerry Jones said quarterback Tony Romo is getting better but he is still not ready to play.
The Cowboys are going to remain patient because of the presence of rookie quarterback Dak Prescott and because it’s in Romo’s best interest.
Romo, who has missed the first seven games of the season with a fractured bone in his back, has returned to practice on a limited basis.
Jones said Romo is ahead of where he was physically last year when he returned from a seven-game absence with fractured collarbone only to re-fracture it after two games. He said the Cowboys need to see more from Romo before putting him back on the field.
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Prescott leading the NFC East-leading Cowboys (6-1) to six straight wins heading into Sunday’s game against the winless Cleveland Browns allows them to be patient with Romo.
“He needs to feel better,” Jones said on his radio show on 105.3 The Fan Friday. “He needs to have his back as strong as he can possibly be. He is ahead off where he came back and played last year. We need to see more. There is no need to not see more. This is about need as it relates to winning a game.”
Jones said earlier in the week that the Cowboys will likely lean on the hot hand in Prescott to continue to lead them even when Romo gets cleared to play.
Jones reiterated it’s not a situation he dreads, though the scenario he continues to draw up is of Romo playing behind Prescott.
He spoke about uniqueness of having both quarterbacks active and ready to play in a game real soon.
“We can be most a unique position,” Jones said. “We can have Dak playing at a high level and Tony behind him. And we walk about there and say ‘boy we got to get him in games.’ I see Tony active in the future and in the near future.”