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Jerry Jones makes his Dallas Cowboys QB decision, at least for this week

Jerry Jones makes his Dallas Cowboys QB decision, at least for this week

Following Sunday night’s thrilling Cowboys overtime victory — the team’s sixth straight win — the media rushed to the underbelly of AT&T Stadium for the weekly take from Jerry Jones on a brewing quarterback controversy in Dallas. And while the outspoken owner insisted any decision to name Dak Prescott or Tony Romo the starting quarterback of the near future would be “a combined call” with head coach Jason Garrett, Jones made it abundantly clear: Prescott will be under center in Week 9.

“Tony’s not ready to play,” Jones told reporters after the win. “That’s subject to Jason Garrett making the decision, but as far as the health issue is concerned for Tony, there’s no need of pushing it that fast. And that’s more about Tony, his health, than it is about any of the other issues we’ll have here.”

Romo returned to practice in a limited capacity last week, and so long as he’s working towards a healthy return, the questions in Dallas will continue until a definitive decision is make on Prescott v. Romo for the longterm — and probably even long after that, depending on the outcome every week.

“Certainly, Tony’s making a lot of progress,” added Jones. “We’re excited about that, but at this particular time I don’t have more to clarify: My opinion is that Dak will start against Cleveland.”

So much for that combined call.

Through three and a half quarters on Sunday night, it sure seemed like the QB1 momentum was swinging Romo’s way. Prescott was just 6-of-19 for 140 yards and an interception, and the Cowboys were trailing the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles, 23-16, when Dallas took over with 6:26 left.

Then, Prescott put on his big-boy pants, completing 6-of-9 passes on his next drive for 90 yards and the game-tying score. On their opening drive in overtime, the rookie QB finished a perfect 7-of-7 for another 57 yards and the winning touchdown — a five-yard scrambling strike to Jason Witten.

“Dak had his challenges, but when it really mattered — and not that the total game didn’t matter — he came through,” said Jones, whose team moved to an NFC-best 6-1. “He doesn’t know the word quit.”

Still, if ever there was a time to ease Romo’s transition back into the mix, this week would be it, with a game against the winless Browns on the docket. Following Sunday’s game in Cleveland, the Cowboys have what are sure to be physical games against the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, before sandwiching NFC East battles with the Washington Redskins and New York Giants around a tilt opposite the Minnesota Vikings that could potentially decide the No. 1 seed in the conference.

Given Romo’s history as a four-time Pro Bowler and the 36-year-old quarterback’s relationship with high-ranking members of the organization, benching him for Prescott will be no easy decision. Although, Prescott’s play, including a quarterback rating (99.6) that currently sits seventh in the NFL, is making it a whole lot easier. And it sure sounds like Jones has his doubts about Romo’s future.

“Does it look like he’s at a stage in his career where he’s fragile, and more fragile than he’s been?” the owner told the media, via The Dallas Morning News. “You could look at his injury history the last three or four years and come to that conclusion. But none of us will ever know until we’re sitting here and he’s played 16 games a year and a bunch of playoff games for the next five years. And we’ll look back and say everybody thought he couldn’t take a hit. That’s the only way I know we’ll ever know.”

So, at the very least, Jones won’t know after next week, either, and if Prescott keeps steering Dallas toward Super Bowl contention, we may never know. That won’t stop the question from being asked.

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Ben Rohrbach is a contributor for Ball Don’t Lie and Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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