If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
This is the philosophy that the 5-1 Dallas Cowboys will adhere to coming out of their Week 7 bye that marks the return of Tony Romo off the IR.
NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported that sources have confirmed that Dak Prescott will start Week 8 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Romo’s return may not come in Week 9 either, as Rapoport suggests that the team will not throw their 36-year-old face of the franchise back into action too soon.
It appears that health concerns are simply a convenient excuse for Cowboys to ride the hot hand and not mess with a winning formula.
In Sunday’s victory over Green Bay, Prescott broke Tom Brady’s long standing record for most pass attempts without an interception to begin a career, before throwing his first of the season on his 176th career attempt (14 more than Brady’s 162). His 7-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio is tied for best in the league with fellow rookie Carson Wentz. He has earned a passer rating over 100.0 in five of six starts while completing 68.7 percent of his passes, second only behind Matt Stafford.
Tony Romo was placed on the injury reserve after suffering a compression fracture to the L1 vertebra in his back during a preseason game against the Seahawks. Romo missed 12 games last year, yet posted a 3-1 record in his four starts. In 2014, he carried the Cowboys to the playoffs with a 12-3 record while throwing 34 touchdowns to only 9 interceptions. Often labelled injury prone, Romo missed only two starts between 2011 and 2014, starting in 62 of 64 games.
Whether his growing injury history can be chalked up to freak misfortune or an aging body is a mystery, but the Cowboys do not want to find out until they have to.
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