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Tony Romo Will Be Cowboys’ Backup QB For Week 11

Update:

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones confirmed following Sunday’s win over the Steelers that Tony Romo will be active and serve as the team’s backup quarterback to rookie QB Dak Prescott, per Brandon George.

“We’re going to let this decision in this case make itself,” Jones said, per Todd Archer. “Dak’s got a hot hand and we’re going to go with it.”

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Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that Cowboys QB Tony Romo is willing to be the team’s backup quarterback and it could take place as soon as next week.

  • Rapoport adds that rookie QB Dak Prescott must continue to perform at a high level in order to keep the starting job.
  • Rapoport says that this situation has been difficult for Romo, who has taken it hard. However, he plans to be a team player and wait for an opportunity.

A few days ago, Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones he believes Romo would accept being backup if they felt it was necessary.

“Well, first of all Tony’s a competitor and obviously all competitors want to be the very best they can be, they want to play, they want to start,” Jones said in an interview with 105.3 The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “Any athlete who has ever played a sport wants to contribute and certainly he does.

“At the same time, I think Tony’s the consummate team player and I think if it meant as part of the process with Tony going into games as a backup then, I don’t want to speak for him, but my guess would be that he would.”

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.