Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says Tony Romo expected to play vs. Eagles

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With 13 minutes remaining in the second quarter of Week 17, Tony Romo gets his first snaps of the 2016 season. The team and owner Jerry Jones were not going to rush him back into action just to risk re-injury. He broke the National Football League rookie record of 354 set by former Rams and Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford for St. Louis in 2010.

After watching Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota suffer season-ending injuries broken legs last week, every coach has to be wary of playing his starters in a game with no playoff implications.

On the field, an Eagles team playing its final game of the season (and its starters) took care of business against a Dallas team resting many of its key players in preparation for the playoffs in two weeks. The Eagles responded with the go-ahead touchdown on Wentz's 20-yard TD pass to Ertz.

Prescott was 4 for 8 for 37 yards before giving way to Romo, who hadn't played in a regular-season game since Thanksgiving 2015 when he broke his left collarbone for the second time in less than three months.

"If you look at the majority of our losses you're talking about one play that would probably change those to wins", veteran safety Malcolm Jenkins said.


Ezekiel Elliott has had one of the finest rookie seasons a running back has ever had and has been a benefit to the entire Dallas Cowboys organization. As much as I love what Dak Prescott is doing, and as excited as I am for the future with Dak as the leader of America's Team, there will always be a small part of me that wishes it could have been Tony Romo leading this magical season.

The Eagles cashed in on the second turnover, with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Ertz that tied the game at 10 with seven seconds to play in the half. The Cowboy will play former starting quarterback Tony Romo in this meaningless game. Romo is listed as active for the game.

The Eagles drove 89 yards in 10 plays to score a touchdown and take the lead. "With him being a rookie, we really need all these reps he can get, including any reps we get this week and next week, because we want him to be as educated and as well-prepared and have as much as experience as he can when we get in the playoffs". Romo plays three series, throws a touchdown pass, looks efficient, and exits healthy.

Romo showed enough to keep his trade value high if the Cowboys move on from him in the off-season for salary cap reasons.

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