The Dallas Cowboys will start rookie Dak Prescott at quarterback in two weeks when the team faces the Philadelphia Eagles, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
The move means that former starting quarterback Tony Romo will remain on the bench. The news was further confirmed by NFL Networks’ Jane Slater who said Romo was not at practice on Wednesday. Rapoport reported that Romo “may not be ready to be considered vs. the Cleveland Browns.”
If Romo remains unavailable through the Browns game, he will have missed the first 10 weeks of the NFL season, which is in line with the predictions when he was injured in the preseason. But the Cowboys have flourished under Prescott, jumping to a 5-1 record and leading the NFC East.
Prescott’s play has presented the team with a challenge not many NFL franchises see: a franchise quarterback and a star rookie who has taken the team to the top of a division. But Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has repeatedly said that Romo will take over the job when he’s medically cleared.
Prescott, for his part, is saying all the right things including that he knew going into the season that the Cowboys were still Romo's team.
Still, with Romo facing constant questions about his health and his production starting to decline; it might be time for the Cowboys to consider moving forward without Romo. Since 2011, the Cowboys are just 39-27 when Romo starts. He’s had only one full season with a winning record since 2009.