Dallas Cowboys

Jerry Jones clams up on Romo playing, but says he doesn't need reps

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has seemingly learned a lesson ... finally.

When asked on 105.3 The Fan Friday about which backup quarterback would take snaps if the team decided to rest starter Dak Prescott leading up to the playoffs, Jones passed.

Jones said he didn't want to start something by conceivably talking up former starter Tony Romo again.

"I'm not going to answer you because I don't want to get anything going at all," Jones said. "So, let's leave it at that. I have to pinch myself to think about where we are at the quarterback position knowing how critical a setback or an injury is to any position. But especially at that position as we look to this playoff, that would be very near the top of my list what we've got at the position. No matter what comes our way that would be right at the top of my list for thankfulness here at Christmas."

The Cowboys have clinched NFC East title and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. They could sit Prescott at some point in the season final against Philadelphia Eagles Jan. 1.

Romo hasn't played in more than a year so there is some thought that the Cowboys might want to get him some reps in case he is needed to replace an injured Prescott in the postseason. Then there is the point of view of not wanting to expose Romo, 36, to injury by playing him with back ups. Under that scenario, the Cowboys would play third quarterback Mark Sanchez in place of a resting Prescott.

Romo has not played since Thanksgiving of 2015 and has suffered a fractured bone three of the past five times he touched the field.

One thing is clear to Jones. Rust wouldn't be a problem for Romo if he doesn't play at all.

"First of all, I don't think he needs snaps to be ready to come in and play when called upon," Jones said.