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Mailbag: Does Romo's Health Force The Cowboys To Keep A No. 3 QB?

I'm assuming Dak has shown enough to let the coaches feel comfortable with him as No. 2 heading into the season. But with the injury scare to Romo on Thursday night, might this make them keep three quarterbacks on the roster and work to Jameill Showers benefit?

David:I've considered that in the time since Romo was injured on Thursday night, and I think the answer is "I don't think so." Think about it for a second. Even if the Cowboys carry three quarterbacks, it's unlikely the No. 3 would be active on game day. If that's the case, why not keep Showers – or someone else -- on the practice squad? If Romo goes down, you can call him up the next week – or you can sign someone else. Romo's health is obviously troublesome, but there are ways to work around it.

Rob: I think the answer to your question is, maybe, and not necessarily Showers as the No. 3 guy. The Cowboys knew all about Romo's injury history well before Thursday night, and Jerry Jones has said Prescott's play to date has slowed their search for a veteran backup. But they're still evaluating him as a No. 2 quarterback and I don't think it's out of the question that they look to add a veteran at some point and make it three on the depth chart as further insurance behind Romo. I do think Prescott is the frontrunner, though, and the main reason is he's shown so much potential that they'd rather give him the reps than somebody else.

Will Darius Jackson make the team?  I like the way he looks, but I'm afraid Darren McFadden will have his spot on the team.  They may keep four backs, but five?  If they cut this kid, I don't think he will clear waivers to get him on the practice squad.

David:Jackson should make the team based on what we've seen through three weeks. He's got speed, physicality and he can contribute on special teams. I don't know if that's enough to put him on the 53 on his own, but it might be a blessing in disguise that McFadden has a broken elbow. The Cowboys may decide to put McFadden on the NFI to start the season, which would sideline him for six weeks. If they do that, it should open a spot for Jackson.

Rob:McFadden still isn't healthy enough to practice coming off June elbow surgery, and we're almost to September, so I guess it's possible he begins the season on the Non-Football Injury list. That would open up a roster spot for Jackson or another player for at least the first six weeks.


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