The Facts: NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday Dak Prescott will start Week 8 versus the Philadelphia Eagles, per a source informed of the situation. Rapoport noted that Romo might not be physically ready to play versus the Cleveland Browns in Week 9. The Cowboys will be prudent with their 36-year-old quarterback coming off a back injury.
The news doesn't come as a surprise to anyone who watched Prescott through six weeks. The offense is rolling behind a punishing offensive line, Ezekiel Elliott and the sublime play of Prescott. The rookie quarterback frequently throws darts under pressure, displays heady decision making and elusiveness without the tendency to flee the pocket too early. Health is a convenient excuse for Dallas to keep Romo on the sideline. Even if Romo were healthy, NFL.com contends the Cowboys might have had a mutiny on their hands if they benched Dak. That won't happen after the bye week.