Cowboys: Tony Romo Is Still the No. 1 Quarterback


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Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has had an unexpected and historic start to his NFL career.

The eighth quarterback taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Cowboys selected Prescott 135th overall in the fourth round. He's responded by outperforming everyone taken ahead of him that's seen the field, with the possible exception of No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz, who's also been stellar for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Prescott has already set the record for the most pass attempts to start a career without an interception for a rookie, with 155—the previous record was 95, set by Chad Hutchinson in 2002, before Wentz and Prescott surpassed that mark this season. Prescott is now eight attempts from tying Tom Brady's all-time no-interception streak to start a career (the New England Patriots quarterback only attempted three passes his rookie season before taking over the starting role a year later).

But as great as Dak's been, his days as the Cowboys starter might be numbered—for now. Because according to team owner, general manager, and Law & Order: SVU corpse portrayer Jerry Jones, Tony Romo is still the team's top signal-caller.

"Tony is our No. 1 quarterback," Jones said after watching the Cowboys beat the Cincinnati Bengals 28-14 to start the season 4-1. Prescott went 18-of-24 passing and recorded two touchdowns, one through the air and one on the ground.

Romo suffered a broken bone in his back during a preseason game. He had surgery on his back in 2013 and missed time after injuring it again in 2014. His targeted return has been October 30, which would be a Week 8 matchup with the Eagles. According to Jones, Romo is "definitely on schedule."

"We're going to have the luxury of being able to, I think, see them both," Jones said. "Now I don't want to take anything—presume that Dak is going to be necessarily healthy. I don't want to presume anything like that, but I welcome the opportunity of having Dak playing at this level and Tony back in excellent health. It's going to be really special for the Cowboys."

Days after Romo's injury, Jones' son Stephen suggested Prescott might take the full-time starting job for himself.

“I can’t imagine a scenario where Tony’s not our quarterback when he’s ready,” Stephen Jones said, drawing a comparison to Brady, who once took the Pats' starting gig from Drew Bledsoe after the latter suffered an injury. “But things happen. You know that. You know what happened to Bledsoe and Brady. I’m sure Tony’s aware of that. But the reality is, Tony’s going to come back for us and play great, we believe.”

Through five games, Prescott has completed 69 percent of his passes for 1,239 yards and four passing touchdowns. He's run another three in himself.