Dak Prescott, not Tony Romo, to reportedly start for Cowboys vs. Eagles

Here's what we know: Tony Romo is close to returning to the Cowboys. Whether he'll resume his duties as the team's starting quarterback is another matter, a reality that has everything to do with how well rookie Dak Prescott has been playing through six games of the 2016 season.

Because it wasn't long ago that owner and general manager Jerry Jones maintained that Romo gave the Cowboys the best chance to win. In recent weeks, Jones has hedged, and on Tuesday he noted that "this is a great situation" but added that "there is no time frame" for Romo's return.

The Cowboys, 5-1 with Prescott under center, are currently on their bye week. They'll host the Eagles on Sunday Night Football in Week 8 before traveling to face the Browns and then the Steelers. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys will start Prescott in that Eagles game because it's unclear if Romo will be ready.

This meshes with what CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported earlier this month that there is "zero chance" Romo does not start when cleared.

Whatever happens, Romo has the full support of the man poised to take his job.

"This is Tony's team," Prescott said last week, via the team's website. "I knew that going into the situation. I think everybody knew that. I'm just trying to do the best I can to give my team a chance to win week in and week out."

He's done that and then some.

"As long as we're winning, I really don't care," Prescott continued. "Obviously I want to play. That's the competitor in me. But if we're winning I'm happy."

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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