Although Coach Jason Garrett did not rule Romo out for the Cowboys' Week 1 game against the New York Giants, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora is reporting that he is expected to miss 6-10 weeks. Prescott has been wildly impressive so far in the preseason, completing 39-of-50 passes for 454 yards, five touchdown passes and no interceptions, for a rating of 137.8.
The only other quarterback on the Cowboys' roster right now is second-year player Jameill Showers. If Prescott's preseason carries into the regular season, maybe he'll force the Cowboys to consider turning the page on the Tony Romo era.
There isn't a timetable for Romo's recovery as it stands right now, but it seems like a reasonable guess that he won't available for at least the first few games of the season.
Romo, 36, has not played a full season since 2012. His latest injury occurred on the third play of Thursday night's exhibition game at Seattle.
Garrett said Saturday that Romo sustained a broken bone in his back when he was hit from behind by Seattle's Cliff Avrill and slid awkwardly on the third play of a preseason game. Last year, Romo missed 12 games after breaking his collarbone twice.
The Cowboys know the National Football League regular season is completely different than the preseason when team's play second and third-string players, but their is no doubt they are likely impressed with his production through three preseason games.
"Yeah, again, like with every player on our team, we'll take the situation day by day", Garrett said, via the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
But that's more wishful thinking as even Garrett acknowledged that the Cowboys expect Romo back "during the season", making rookie fourth-round pick Dak Prescott the team's opening day starter.
Garrett said Romo's injury won't end his season. The Cowboys have their bye on October 23, Week 7 of the regular season. However, throughout training camp and in the preseason, Claiborne has gotten his hands on more balls and wants to take the next step in what has been a disappointing career to date.
The Dallas Cowboys are not sure when they will get back Pro Bowl quarterback Tony Romo after he suffered a compression fracture to his back. Big-time plays for us as a unit, it can change the course of the game. "He comes on the road, a good opponent (and) Coach Garrett always talks about you never know when that opportunity is going to come".