FRISCO, Texas – Tuesday on 105.3 The Fan, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones reiterated Tony Romo would take a step forward in his practice workload this week but didn't speculate whether the veteran quarterback would be active this Sunday at Pittsburgh.
The Cowboys continue to take a day-by-day approach to Romo's recovery from the broken bone in his back he suffered on Aug. 25. The same can be said for the quarterback situation in general, given how well rookie Dak Prescott has played as the fill-in starter during the team's 7-1 start.
Asked his thoughts on a much-speculated hypothetical situation – would Romo accept a backup role if the Cowboys continue their winning streak – Jones emphasized yet again the ideal situation the Cowboys find themselves in at the game's most critical position: Prescott's play is giving Romo the opportunity to get as a healthy as possible.
"I don't want to really speak for Tony," Jones said. "Anybody with any sense knows that Tony would like to be playing if they understand what a competitor he is. So, that's that. The key thing that I want to emphasize that we probably are never going to have this totally sorted out. We're going to play it by ear, play it as it comes.
"We can do that, and to do it really right for the advantage of the team which we deserve, he's really got to be ready to go at the top of his game. We have the luxury of getting him that ready. And when we do that, then we've got an edge that can carry us a long way.
"I think what you're going to have is you're going to see Tony playing really playing well at practice, really being what he can be, which is in my mind, when he's healthy, I don't know that I would trade him for anybody."
Jones also reiterated that the Cowboys' team can handle this type of situation: a rookie playing outstanding football while one of the league's best veterans is getting himself healthy.
"I'm going to speak to it again. I use this word: fragile. There's nothing fragile about this team, about the makeup of the momentum, Dak," Jones said. "This is all very strong: the coaches, Tony. So, what we want to do is absolutely play by play, series by series, game by game, what's in the best interest of winning the game."