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Jason Witten: I don’t think Tony Romo is retiring anytime soon

Jason Witten just shook his head when asked if the thought of Tony Romo never taking another snap for the Dallas Cowboys has crossed his mind. But that is a fair question after Romo acknowledged that rookie Dak Prescott has earned the right to be the starting quarterback, relegating Romo to backup duties.

“C’mon guys,” Witten said. “I think he talked yesterday to you guys. I mean, he embodies everything you want. I mean, that’s a good conversation. He said it. Let’s move forward with the football team.

“I don’t think that’s entered my mind and it hasn’t entered anybody’s mind. Really, I think more than anything else, as teammates and friends, you look at it from the standpoint of it’s not easy to get up and have that conversation. To do it in such a delicate way like he did, you’re proud of him. Other than that, for all of us, we’ve just got to move forward.”

Witten wouldn’t speculate on what the future may hold for Romo, one of his closest friends on the team. But he knows how difficult it had to be for Romo to reach the conclusion he publicly announced Tuesday.

It’s been a long journey for Romo, who missed 12 games last season with a twice-fractured collarbone and has yet to play this season because of a compression fracture in his lower back sustained in the third preseason game at Seattle on Aug. 25.

Romo is finally healthy, but Prescott has emerged in the meantime. The Cowboys are 8-1 behind Prescott, and Romo is now set to serve as the backup the rest of the season.

Nobody knows what may happen with Romo or the Cowboys after the season. But Witten made it clear he doesn’t expect the veteran quarterback to call it quits.

“I don’t think he’s planning on retiring anytime soon,” Witten said. “I wouldn’t bet against him.”

Asked how much gas Romo has left in the tank, Witten said: “That’s for him to answer. I’ve said it before – I certainly wouldn’t bet against him in those situations. He would be able to answer that better than I can.”

At the end of the day, Witten thought Romo did everything right in his comments Tuesday and came across as “authentic” and “real.”

“He was honest,” Witten said. “I thought he did a great job.

“The best thing I think for all of us here is not about one individual or anything, and I think that’s what he said about Dak – having his back and Dak doing the same. That’s when football teams come together. That’s the thing I’m most proud of being a teammate and doing it for a long time, to see the friendship and brotherhood that can come be formed through that shared performance that Tony referenced.”