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October 31, 2016

To be clear, this is no longer a question of “Will Tony Romo replace Dak Prescott once he’s healthy?” The Cowboys are 6–1, and it seems almost certain that as long as Prescott keeps winning, they’re not going to pull him for Romo. But what about when he loses?

Prescott came back down to earth in the Cowboys’ Sunday night win against the Eagles (19/39, 287 yards, 2 TDs, 1 pick), and so the question becomes, once Romo is back at full health, how short of a leash will Prescott be on? And if they put Romo back in to relieve Prescott at any point this year, will the veteran be taking over for good?

The rest of the Cowboys’ schedule isn’t too threatening—five of their remaining games are against teams currently ranked 20th or worse in pass defense—but as we saw on Sunday night, Prescott is still, you know, a rookie, and he’s going to go through some rookie struggles.  What exactly that means for Romo’s opportunity to come back off the sidelines is yet to be determined. 

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