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Jerry Jones, Dak Prescott praise Tony Romo for handling of backup role

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After over a half-season’s worth of speculation, the Dallas Cowboys officially announced last week that Tony Romo would indeed serve as Dak Prescott’s backup in last Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. It obviously was a difficult situation, but as Romo himself said in an emotional press conference, Prescott had earned the right to start while guiding the team to a then-8-1 record.

And now that the Cowboys have walked away with a 27-17 victory over the Ravens, both Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Prescott praised Romo for how he handled things, including playing second-fiddle despite being dressed and healthy Sunday.

“He wants to compete. He wants to play,” Jones said Tuesday morning on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], as transcribed by The Dallas Morning News. “There’s no doubt about that. But he was as genuine there in the locker room, and was as excited about the win as anybody else was in there.

“He’s just as he said he was going to be, supportive. And he’s ready. He’s ready to go on a moment’s notice. He’s taking those snaps there in practice and he’s ready to play. If we should have an occasion where he needs to step in there immediately, he’s there and ready.”

Word leaked last week that Romo lobbied for a shot at winning back the starting job, but once it was determined Prescott would keep the job, the veteran quarterback played the role of good soldier in all respects. In fact, Prescott said after the game that Romo’s sideline presence proved invaluable as he enjoyed another standout game, passing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns.

“He is as helpful as he has always been,” Prescott said of Romo. “He is giving me feedback, helping me out and telling me things we need to do here and there. The only thing different is he is in a uniform. He was a great help as he has been all year.”

It’s obviously a tremendously awkward situation for the Cowboys and a humbling one for Romo. But as long as Prescott remains healthy and productive, Romo will undoubtedly remain in his sideline sage role.