The Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback controversy is one step closer to a potential conclusion — but that resolution won’t come in Week 10.
Tony Romo is back as a full participant in practice, looking healthy and ready to step back on the football field. But according to a report from ESPN, he’s not expected to be available against the Pittsburgh Steelers even as a potential backup.
Tony Romo is healthy enough to play, but the Dallas Cowboys quarterback is not expected to be active Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Adam Caplan.
Romo went through his second straight full practice Thursday, working with the scout team. He returned to practice last week on a limited basis as he comes back from a compression fracture in his back suffered during a preseason game Aug. 25.
On Friday afternoon, the Cowboys officially listed Romo as "questionable" on the injury report. It’s the first time this season Romo’s status has been anything but "out."
Despite this week’s big game against the Steelers, the Dallas QB situation is seemingly all anyone has asked players about at practice. Jason Witten said that he wouldn’t bet against Romo while acknowledging that this is a good problem for the Cowboys to have. Ezekiel Elliott similarly told reporters that the decision is out of the players’ hands, although he admitted that it would be hard on Prescott to lose the starting job.
Prescott has completed 66.5 percent of his throws this year for 2,020 yards, 12 TDs and just two INTs while leading the Cowboys to a 7-1 start to the season. He has also added 125 yards and four TDs on the ground. His mark of 8.1 passing yards per attempt is good for fourth in the NFL in 2016.
For his career, Romo has completed 65.3 percent of his passes for an average of 7.9 yards per attempt and 247 TDs to 117 INTs in the regular season. His 2.7% INT rate is among the best in NFL history, tied with Peyton Manning and Ben Roethlisberger for 30th all-time.