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Cowboys News: Tony Romo On Track For Week 8 Return; Dak Prescott To Sit?

Latest Cowboys headlines: Tony Romo will likely return to action on Oct. 30 against Philadelphia; Dak Prescott's play making QB decision tough; backups stepping up for Dallas.

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Positive MRI report keeps Tony Romo on track for Week 8 return - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram
Tony Romo will likely return to action on Oct. 30 against Philadelphia.

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam last week and got a good report on the fractured bone in his back, according to a source.

It still doesn’t change the target date for his expected return _ the Oct. 30 game against the Philadelphia Eagles following a bye.

But it’s good news for Romo and the Cowboys in that the bone is healing fine and everything is seemingly on schedule.

Dak Prescott's play making QB decision tough on Cowboys - Shuyler Dixon, The Augusta Chronicle
The Senator steps in and explains why Tony Romo will get his job back and why this is not about downgrading or negating Dak Prescott's performance.

"I think it’s really simple," Witten said Monday at an appearance with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch at a Dallas high school to announce a funding initiative for police departments around the country.

"I said how I feel about Tony, and I think there’s only a few people that are on this planet that can do the things at that position what he’s done in his career. He’ll continue to come back and play at a high level."

"To come in the situation and to play as well as [Prescott] has, it’s been remarkable to be a part of and to watch," said Witten, who played a big role while Prescott ran the two-minute offense on a tying touchdown drive in the final two minutes of the first half in Sunday’s 24-17 win over San Francisco. "He’s got a bright future ahead of him."

Dak Prescott, Cowboys doing all the right things until Romo’s return - Charean Williams, The Star-Telegram
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has set an NFL rookie record for most pass attempts without an interception. But no matter how well Prescott plays, Tony Romo will get his job back when he returns, Williams writes.

Dak Prescott has done all the right things so far. Perhaps more important, the Cowboys’ temporary starting quarterback has said all the right things.

Prescott has used the term "Tony’s team" more than once in deference to starter Tony Romo. And the Cowboys make it clear Romo will keep his job when he returns from a compression fracture in his back, likely missing six games.


With stars out, Dallas Cowboys show they have plenty in reserve - Todd Archer, ESPN
The returns of their key players should make the Cowboys better, but by winning now with understudies they are making sure the future matters. Archer explains.

The Cowboys beat the San Francisco 49ers 24-17 on Sunday at Levi's Stadium without their starting wide receiver, starting quarterback, starting left tackle and starting cornerback.

Eventually, Romo (maybe Week 8), Bryant (maybe next week), Smith (maybe next week) and Scandrick (maybe next week) will be back. Theoretically their returns should make the Cowboys better, which bodes well for the future, but by winning in the present the Cowboys are making sure the future matters.

With Suspension Complete, Lawrence Eligible To Return To Active Roster - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
Lawrence can return to practice this week.

In order for him to play in Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals, they would have to activate him by Saturday, which would require creating an open roster spot.

"Hopefully he’ll get acclimated to practice as the week goes on," Garrett said Monday. "We’ll take his situation day by day. We’re excited to have him back, though."


Might want to sit down for this one: Credit Jerry Jones for Cowboys drafting Dak Prescott - Kate Hairopoulos, SportsDay
This is not going to go over well with the anti-Jerry crowd.

"We'll let Jerry start making every pick, 'cause he's certainly the one who picked Dak," said Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones, Jerry's son, on "The Fan" KRLD-FM (105.3).

"You just never know for sure," Stephen Jones said Monday. "Everybody says, 'Boy, y'all were sure smart to get Dak in the fourth round.' If we'd known Dak was going to be doing what he's doing now, we sure wouldn't have waited until the fourth round to pick him."


Scout’s Eye: How The OL Fueled A Win Over SF; Grading The Defense’s Performance - Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys
In a post filled with juicy tidbits, Broaddus explians how the O-line got the screen game going.

I really like how these offensive coaches have taken advantage of the offensive line and their ability to play in space. Scott Linehan called several screen passes during the game that were executed well. His call late in the game to Cole Beasley was the different maker in the victory. My favorite screen was the one on first-and-20 after the holding call on Doug Free. Linehan put both Ezekiel Elliott and Lance Dunbar in the game and motioned Dunbar from the left slot into a position outside right of Jason Witten. On the snap, Dak Prescott faked the ball to Elliott through the line and then Dunbar on the reverse. All of the ball handling gave Zack Martin, Travis Frederick and Ronald Leary a chance to work into position in front of Elliott. Prescott floated the ball to Elliott in the right flat with blockers in front, including Terrance Williams. Elliott was able to pick up 19 yards on the play, and the offense went from a bad down and distance situation to one they were easily able to convert the next play.

Captain of Cowboys' law team had to get over one Giants hurdle with Jerry Jones - Mark Curriden, Dallas News
Interesting artcile about Jason Cohen, the Cowboys' general counsel, including this anecdote about his job interview with Jerry Jones.

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was about to offer Jason Cohen a job as the team's general counsel, but he had one final question.

"You are a Cowboys fan, aren't you?"

"I thought, 'Oh crap!' Everything was going so well,' " Cohen says.

The corporate lawyer paused.

"Mr. Jones, if I am selected to be your general counsel, I'm going to need to be in a position where I tell you the truth and tell you things you don't want to hear and not sugar-coat anything," Cohen told Jones that summer day in 2013.

"I'm a huge New York Giants fan."

Jones pointed to his trophy case.

"Jerry reminded me that he had more rings and more trophies than the Giants had and that he would be getting more in the future than the Giants would," Cohen says.

The Cowboys may have to add a kicker due to Dan Bailey's ailing back - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram
Kicker Dan Bailey complained about a back injury before Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. If it doesn’t improve, the Cowboys might have to add a kicker before Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals.


NFL Week 5 Television Coverage: Steelers-Jets, Cowboys-Bengals get Primary Distribution -
Patriots fans and media are easily the biggest whiners in the nation, so this had me chuckling:

As if we have not had enough of Fox jamming the Dallas Cowboys down our throat on a weekly basis, now CBS has piled on to our misery. With Dallas hosting an AFC team, this will be one of two times that CBS has an opportunity to broadcast Jerry’s team. The Cowboys-Bengals game will get primary distribution late, broadcast in all or parts of 46 states.

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