Tony Romo Is Cleared, But the Cowboys Would Be Crazy to Start Him Over Dak Prescott

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 09:   (L-R) Dak Prescott #4, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys talks with injured quarterback Tony Romo #8 prior to the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at AT&T Stadium on October 9, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Tony Romo Is Cleared, But the Cowboys Would Be Crazy to Start Him Over Dak Prescott

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Tony Romo Is Cleared, But the Cowboys Would Be Crazy to Start Him Over Dak Prescott

Tony Romo has been cleared to resume playing football, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder:

As I wrote in early October when the Cowboys were 3-1, Romo will not be getting his job back anytime soon. Since then, Dallas hasn’t lost. They’re 7-1, with a two-game lead over the Giants in the NFC East and a 1.5-game lead over the Seahawks for the top seed in the conference.

Quarterback wins are not in and of themselves an instructive stat, but the way that Dak Prescott has presided over this team means that the Cowboys would be insane to switch that up. Romo is a great talent, but it is a very real question how long he can stay healthy at this point in his career. (Jerry Jones has remained relatively vague about the team’s plans.)

Prescott has twice exhibited poise in leading the Cowboys back from being down two scores — Week 4 at San Francisco and Week 8 against Philadelphia — he has a 12-2 TD/INT ratio, and if need be he is more capable than Romo at this point to make plays with his feet.

Undoubtedly, Prescott has benefitted from a stout offensive line, and the emergence of Ezekiel Elliott. Nevertheless, it is impossible to see the Cowboys moving on from his hot hand unless that changes dramatically.

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