The news doesn't come as a surprise to anyone who watched Prescott through six weeks.
Rapoport noted that Tony 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. Coach Jason Garrett told reporters Wednesday Romo hasn't been cleared for practice, but is throwing more and working on enhancing his core strength.
Health is a convenient excuse for Dallas to keep Romo on the sideline. Even if he were healthy, the Cowboys shouldn't bench Prescott at this point.
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.
The stats speak for themselves. Prescott broke Tom Brady's record (162) for most pass attempts without an interception to begin a career, which ended at 176 against Green Bay on Sunday. He earned a passer rating over 100.0 in five of six starts. Prescott has completed 68.7 percent of his passes, second-highest among quarterbacks that started every game this season (Matthew Stafford). His 8.2 yard per attempt average is the fifth highest in NFL. The 7-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio speaks for itself -- only Brian Hoyer has thrown more passes with fewer picks.