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Jerry Jones says he expects Tony Romo to back up Prescott next week

Tony Romo greeted Jerry Jones with a smile and a hug in the locker room after the game. The Cowboys will make Romo active next week against Baltimore, Jones said, but the quarterback will serve as the backup to Dak Prescott.

“We are going to let the decision make itself,” Jones said. “Dak has got a hot hand and we are going to go with it. …It’s just going with the obvious. You are going with how the team is doing right now. It must not be obvious because I get asked about it every time I open my mouth.

“It’s not hard. It’s hard at all. Tony would make the same decision. That’s what you do.”

Romo was inactive Sunday despite fully practicing all three days. But he only worked with the scout team last week.

After not dressing for a game since last Thanksgiving, Romo finally is ready to return though it likely wasn’t in the role he envisioned. He declined comment after the game.

“He’s ready,” Jones said. “He had a great week. He practiced all three days. He hadn’t done that in about 18 months, two years. He practiced all three days and didn’t have any lingering negative things from that and really was able to use every aspect of his leverage of everything he needs to make his throws. He didn’t have any lingering affects from it. That’s great news for us and certainly look forward to having him on the roster.”

Romo watched Jones’ grandson, John Stephen Jones, quarterback Highland Park to a 70-2 victory over Mount Pleasant in The Ford Center on Saturday.

“We had a good chance to watch him, critique him as well as talk about this team,” Jones said of his time with Romo. “There is nobody happier for our success, because it’s his success and good things will happen for him.”

Romo injured his back in an Aug. 25 preseason game against the Seahawks. The Cowboys’ eight-game winning streak, which tied a team record, allowed them to be conservative with Romo’s injury.

But Prescott’s play won the rookie the job, relegating Romo to a backup role, something he hasn’t done since 2006 when he began the year as No. 2 to Drew Bledsoe.

“I don’t think it’s going to be awkward for anybody,” Jones said. “I’m just glad to have him out there. I want him out there in case he’s needed and ready to roll.”

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