The Dallas Cowboys’ locker room already has tired of the question, which only grows louder with each victory: Should the team continue to start Dak Prescott even when Tony Romo returns?
Players downplay what outsiders see as an impending quarterback controversy.
Quarterback controversy? What quarterback controversy?
“Oh man, nobody is worrying about none of that stuff,” Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant said. “We’re just playing football. We’re doing what we love to do. We can’t control what’s going on outside this building. Everybody wants to talk. Everybody wants to do all that, say crazy stuff, but you know people need to understand those are people just talking. You’re not hearing that from coach [Jason] Garrett or Mr. [Jerry] Jones or people around this building. It does not matter.”
On the outside, the Romo-Prescott debate rages. Deion Sanders, Brett Favre, LaDainian Tomlinson, Jimmy Johnson, Terry Bradshaw, Roger Staubach and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are among those who have taken a side.
But inside The Star, the Cowboys don’t understand why it’s such a big deal.
Oh man, nobody is worrying about none of that stuff. We’re just playing football. We’re doing what we love to do.
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant
“I think we’re a team, and we’re all for each other,” Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott said. “We go out there and play for each other. Our goal is to go out there and win ballgames and not go out there and individually do certain things. As long as we’re all winning and as long as we’re out there competing, I think there would be no problem in this locker room.”
Romo’s MRI exam on Monday showed the compression fracture in his back has healed. He has begun conditioning work and core strengthening and threw to Cole Beasley after practice Wednesday.
The 14-year veteran, who sports a 78-49 career record, likely will return for the Nov. 6 game at Cleveland.
Prescott, meanwhile, has the Cowboys off to a 4-1 start, completing 69 percent of his passes for 1,239 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. His 155 attempts without an interception set an NFL rookie record, and his 101.5 passer rating ranks eighth.
As long as we’re winning, I really don’t care. Obviously, I want to play. That’s the competitor in me. But if we’re winning, I’m happy.
Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott
The fourth-round pick, though, continues to toe the company line.
“This is Tony’s team,” Prescott said Wednesday. “I knew that going into the situation. I think everybody knew that. I’m just trying to do the best I can to give my team a chance to win week in and week out.”
Prescott admits he wants to play, but like everyone in the locker room, he just wants to win.
“As long as we’re winning, I really don’t care,” he said. “Obviously, I want to play. That’s the competitor in me. But if we’re winning, I’m happy.”
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