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Jones: Cowboys will play Dak-Romo decision 'by ear' week by week

Tony Romo is expected to do more in practice this week, his 11th week of rehab since injuring his back in the preseason.
Tony Romo is expected to do more in practice this week, his 11th week of rehab since injuring his back in the preseason. Fort Worth Star-Telegram

The Cowboys will let their quarterback situation play out “play by play, series by series and game by game,” Jerry Jones said Tuesday. In other words, the Cowboys will continue to play Dak Prescott as long as he has the hot hand.

Prescott has the Cowboys off to a 7-1 start, tying for the best record in the NFL, while Tony Romo continues his rehab from a compression fracture in his back.

“The key thing I want to emphasize is we probably are never going to have this totally sorted out,” the Cowboys owner said on his weekly radio show on 105.3 The Fan. “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. We have the luxury of getting it back ready. When we do that, then we’ve got an edge that could carry us a long way. So I think what you’re going to have is you’re going to see Tony really playing well at practice, really being what he can be, which is in my mind, when he’s healthy, I don’t know that I’d trade him for anybody.”

Jones added that no one on the team or in the organization has concern about the quarterback situation upsetting the Cowboys’ momentum.

“There’s nothing fragile about this team, about the makeup, the momentum,” Jones said. “…What we want to do is absolutely play by play, series by series, game by game, what’s in the best interest of winning the game.”

Romo,injured in an Aug. 25 preseason game against the Seahawks, will do more at practice this week in his 11th week of rehab. He has practiced on a limited basis three times the past two weeks, getting 11-on-11 work for the first time last Thursday.

In Romo’s absence, Prescott ranks fourth in passer rating at 104.2 with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. He has the Cowboys, who hold a two-game lead in the NFC East and are on track for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, dreaming of the Super Bowl.

“With Tony, there’s nothing that is anymore important – nothing that is any more important – than Tony be on a team that’s capable of really competing for the big prize,” Jones said. “We may be a part of that, and what he is is a competitor to win the game. So he’s for whatever it takes as a team to win the game. That’s what’s making this an issue is that everybody knows he’d like to be out there healthy and contributing to win the game.”

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