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Tony Romo: Dallas Cowboys expect QB back "sooner rather than later"

Alex Butler

Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott thors against the New York Giants during the first half at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on September 11, 2016. Prescott got the start in place of the injured Tony Romo. Ian Halperin/UPI
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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones watched his team lose to the New York Giants Sunday behind a rookie quarterback and a rookie running back.
Jones said after the game that his veteran quarterback could return "sooner rather than later."
"[Tony] Romo is upbeat," Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "[X-rays showed] nothing that would in any way get in the area of a setback or would show concern."
The Cowboys declined to put Romo on injured reserve after he broke his back in the preseason. The move gives Romo a chance to come back before Week 9. The Cowboys have a Week 7 bye. The exact specifics of Romo's injury include a compression fracture to his L1 vertebrae.
Romo, 36, completed 83-of-121 passes for 884 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions last season. Reported estimates on Romo's missed time have ranged from 6 to 10 weeks.
"I don't know and don't know that anybody does," Jones told ESPN's Todd Archer earlier this month. "But it's quite a range there, four to six, six to eight, eight to (10)."
Dak Prescott, who was selected in the fourth round of April's NFL Draft, completed 25-of-45 passes for 227 yards in the Cowboys 20-19 loss to the Giants. He failed to throw a touchdown, but did not commit any turnovers.
Before Sunday's contest, NFL Network National Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Prescott could take Romo's job permanently.
"Cowboys thought: Whenever Romo returns, he returns. They're moving forward with Dak Prescott... with the door cracked slightly for Romo's job," Rapoport tweeted.

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