Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Cowboys are planning to start QB Dak Prescott after their bye in Week 8 against the Eagles, even if Tony Romo is ready to return.
- Rapoport does, however, say that Romo may not be ready to play until their Week 9 matchup with the Browns.
- According to Rapoport, Dallas has no plans to make a firm quarterback call until it’s necessary.
The Cowboys have maintained all along that Romo will be their starter once healthy, but with Prescott playing so well, it really seems like Dallas may have to reconsider giving the job back to Romo.
Prescott, 23, was taken in the fourth round of this year’s NFL draft. He signed a four-year, $2.72 million contract with the Cowboys and stands to make a base salary of $450,000 for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Prescott has appeared in six games and completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 1,486 yards, seven touchdowns and one interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 11 quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.
Romo, 36, is in the third year of his seven-year, $119.5 million contract that included $55 million guaranteed. He stands to make base salaries of $8.5 million (2016), $14 million (2017), $19.5 million (2018) and $20.5 million (2019).
In 2015, Romo threw for 884 yards while completing 68.6 percent of his passes to go along with five touchdowns and seven interceptions over the course of four games for the Cowboys.
We’ll have more regarding Romo and his return as the news is available.