ARLINGTON, Texas – As had long been suspected, Tony Romo will make his debut on the Cowboys' game day roster Sunday against Baltimore.
Romo will serve as the Cowboys' backup quarterback after the Cowboys made the decision to move forward with Dak Prescott as their starting quarterback. He might not be in the starting lineup, but it will be his first regular season game in uniform since Thanksgiving Day last season.
The inactives list took a different look Sunday with Romo suiting up. The list is comprised of Mark Sanchez, Morris Claiborne, Darius Jackson, Barry Church, Mark Nzeocha, Chaz Green and Benson Mayowa.
Most of the names are to be expected. Claiborne and Church are still recuperating from injuries suffered in Week 8, and neither currently has a timetable for return. Sanchez, Jackson, Nzeocha and Mayowa are all healthy scratches.
Green's name is a bit of a surprise, given that the second-year tackle practiced all week. He's been coping with a foot sprain for roughly a month, and the Cowboys decided over the weekend that he isn't quite ready to return to game action.
In his place, Emmett Cleary will once again serve as the team's third tackle – as has been the case the past several weeks. Reserve guard Joe Looney will also help the Cowboys in their heavy formations.
On the other side of the ball, the Ravens look sorely depleted upon releasing their inactives for the week. Two starters, cornerback Jimmy Smith and linebacker Elvis Dumervil have both been ruled inactive. Dumervil has been unavailable for most of the season, but the loss of Smith will be big for a secondary that must find a way to cover Dez Bryant.
Baltimore is also without cornerback Asa Jackson, running back Lorenzo Taliaferro, offensive lineman Ryan Jensen, offensive lineman Alex Lewis and tight end Crockett Gillmore.