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Troy Aikman says Tony Romo should want to get live reps vs. Eagles

The Cowboys will replace rookie quarterback Dak Prescott at some point in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.

What remains in question is who they turn to at quarterback?

Third quarterback Mark Sanchez will most likely get the call to handle mop-up duty in the meaningless game, even though he and backup Tony Romo are both getting reps in practice this week.

The Cowboys are hoping to get Prescott off the field as healthy as possible, and they don’t seem inclined to put former starter Tony Romo in harm’s way.

Owner Jerry Jones has been consistent in not wanting to risk Romo to injury. He said Romo has looked great in practice and doesn’t need reps to be ready if called on in case of an emergency in the playoffs.

What’s also true is that Romo has not played in more than a year, dating to Thanksgiving 2015 when he fractured his left collarbone a second time last season.

It’s Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman’s opinion that Romo should want to play and get live reps because practice is not the real thing.

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“If I was in Tony’s position and hadn’t played in so long, I would want live reps,” Troy Aikman said during a radio interview on 1310 The Ticket. “Practice wouldn’t be enough for me. I know what practice is for a quarterback. It’s not game speed. Not even close. I would want to get out there and play.”

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