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Should Tony Romo get some playing time if Cowboys clinch early?

If the Dallas Cowboys clinch early, will they give veteran quarterback Tony Romo some in-game reps?
If the Dallas Cowboys clinch early, will they give veteran quarterback Tony Romo some in-game reps?

The Dallas Cowboys have clinched nothing yet.

Yes, they should win the NFC East.

Yes, they should secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

All that should happen if they continue their current level of play, which has them with the league's best record and riding a 10-game winning streak heading into Thursday's game against Minnesota.

If all of that comes to pass, it would create an intriguing scenario involving Tony Romo for the season final against the Philadelphia Eagles.

With the Cowboys likely set to have a first-round playoff bye, there is little chance Jason Garrett will sit out his starters for the final, especially with starting quarterback Dak Prescott being a rookie. He needs the work and the team doesn't need two weeks of rust before a divisional round playoff game.

But say Prescott plays a half with the starters, the question is do you bring in Romo for mop-up duty in the second half? And if so, do you keep the starting offensive line or risk Romo behind a bunch of backups?

Romo hasn't played in a regular-season game in more than a year, dating back to last Thanksgiving when he fractured his collarbone for the second time. He is rusty and needs the work, especially if you want him ready for possible use in the playoffs if something happens to Prescott.

A few series of work is better than none even for a veteran as accomplished as Romo.

But do you do it and risk Romo to injury?

And if you don't do it, thinking something like that is beneath Romo, what are you saying about the ‘what's best for the team’ mantra?

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Clarence Hill: 817-390-7760, @clarencehilljr

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