It appears Tony Romo will have to resign himself to a new role moving forward.
The Dallas Cowboys' quarterback suffered a fractured vertebra in his back during the preseason, leaving rookie Dak Prescott as the team's starting quarterback. Prescott has since led the team to an NFC-best 7-1 record while playing at a Pro Bowl level. The 36-year old Romo is currently healthy, but will likely be on the sidelines with a clipboard this Sunday.
Cowboys' executive vice president Stephen Jones believes Romo will begrudgingly accept that backup role for the foreseeable future.
"Well, first of all Tony's a competitor and obviously all competitors want to be the very best they can be, they want to play, they want to start," Jones said on 103.5 The Fan on Friday, according to Max Meyer of NFL.com. "Any athlete who's played a sport, they want to contribute, and certainly he does.
"At the same time Tony's the consummate team player and I think if it meant as part of the process with Tony going into games as a backup then, I don't want to speak for him, but my guess would be that he would."
With Prescott exceeding all expectations, the Cowboys seem unwilling to mess with the chemistry that the team has developed over the first half of the season.
Despite what the team has said all season long, this may no longer be "Romo's team".
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