FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys are in the market for another quarterback, but don't expect him to sign by Thursday.
Speaking on 105.3 FM The Fan on Tuesday morning, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he expects the Cowboys to play Houston this week with the duo of Dak Prescott and Jameill Showers as their primary quarterbacks.
"We'll go into the game with what we've got Thursday, and then we'll check the waiver wire," Jones said.
Romo's back injury has thrown things into the air with regard to quarterback – not to mention the makeup of the rest of the roster. Sometime in the next week, the Cowboys have to figure out how many quarterbacks they want to carry, and they have to decide whether to put Romo on injured reserve.
"It's not impossible that we go with two quarterbacks during this interim period of time with Tony," Jones said. "We are having and getting other opinions, other information to give us a better feel for the length of time we may be looking at here as to whether we put him on IR or not. So, that has some bearing on it."
In the meantime, there's also the matter of how to assign playing time on Thursday night. Before Romo got hurt, Prescott was likely to see some action against the Texans. Given the rookie's new role as starting quarterback, it seems far more likely that Jameill Showers will take the bulk of the snaps – if not all of them.
Jones said those decisions haven't been finalized, but he was quite aware that the Cowboys need Prescott healthy for their season opener on Sept. 11. Keeping that in mind, it's hard to imagine him playing too much of a role against Houston.
"I don't know that we've come to a total conclusion on that. We do want to be very mindful of the fact that we got to have him for our opener," Jones said. "So, that's the limitation of having this game on Thursday is that we have a lesser time for somebody to heal up from a nick, and I'm not trying to be elementary here, but we'll be very mindful of that. And Dak is our man going into the opener. So, we'll take that into consideration."