Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) celebrates after an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016. The Cowboys won 35-30. (AP Photo/Don Wright)
FRISCO, Texas (AP) Tony Romo says Dak Prescott has ''earned the right'' to take his job as starting quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys.
In a five-minute prepared statement Tuesday, a solemn Romo described the difficulty of dealing with the news of the latest back injury to sideline him, and the 36-year-old reflected on his early days as an unheralded free agent trying to earn a job.
Romo quickly left the brief news conference after saying he wouldn't take questions following his statement.
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With Prescott leading the way, the Cowboys (8-1) have the best record in the NFL after tying a franchise season record with eight straight wins. Romo broke a bone in his back in a preseason game.
Romo is expected to be Prescott's backup Sunday at home against Baltimore (5-4). It would be the first time Romo is active for a game since Thanksgiving last year.
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