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Stephen Jones: Romo probably open to backup role

Everything's bigger in Texas, including the quarterback drama.

With Tony Romo fully practicing this week for the first time since suffering a compression fracture in his back in August, the answer to the biggest question in Dallas is coming sooner rather than later.

Romo took over as the Cowboys quarterback for an underperforming Drew Bledsoe in the 2006 season, and the 14-year veteran was unable to retain his job back due to Romo's impressive play off the bench. Now, will Romo, who has played 12 years in the league, have to deal with a similar fate after his injury with star rookie Dak Prescott bursting onto the scene?

"Well, first of all Tony's a competitor and obviously all competitors want to be the very best they can be, they want to play, they want to start," Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones told 103.5 The Fan on Friday. "Any athlete who's played a sport they want to contribute and certainly he does.

"At the same time Tony's the consummate team player and I think if it meant as part of the process with Tony going into games as a backup then, I don't want to speak for him, but my guess would be that he would."

Romo is not expected to be active on Sunday against the Steelers, a source told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. By practicing the entire week with the scout team, however, the veteran signal caller completed his rehab, and is officially listed as questionable.

What would his role be, though, if he was cleared to play?

"I know he's questionable for this game," Jones said, "but we'll determine that at game time and at some point if we do feel that he's ready to go then he'd certainly go into the game as backup."

One way or another, it's likely going to be a very tough decision for the Cowboys' brass.

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