With Romo injured, former Haughton star Dak Prescott set to start Cowboys’ season opener


With Tony Romo out with an injury, Former Haughton star Dak Prescott is the No. 1 quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys.

Romo suffered a fractured bone in his back three plays into the Cowboys’ third preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 19.

According to some media reports, Romo will miss six to 10 weeks, but Cowboys coach Jason Garrett hasn’t specified a timeline for his return.

Dallas plays its final preseason game against the Houston Texans on Thursday at 7 p.m. at AT&T Stadium. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Tuesday that none of the starters, including Prescott, will play. Dallas opens the season on Sept. 11 at home against the New York Giants at 3:25 p.m.

Prescott, who graduated from Haughton in 2010, saw significant action in the first three preseason games.

Playing on the road in the third one on Aug. 25, he completed 17 of 23 passes for 116 yards and a touchdown against a Seattle defense that played its starters much of the time. In the first three games, he completed 22 of 27 passes for 338 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions.

Dallas could “sign or claim a veteran quarterback for backup purposes,” according to dallascowboys.com.
The Cowboys will have two rookies in the offensive backfield.

Former Ohio State star Ezekiel Elliott is also expected to start. Elliott, the Cowboys top draft pick, was impressive in his first action of the preseason against Seattle.

“I just like how poised he is,” Elliott said of Prescott in a Monday media session. “He doesn’t seem to ever get flustered no matter what’s going on. It just seems like he’s so calm when he’s in the game.”

Prescott told reporters he has received support from Romo.

“He supported me, has my back,” Prescott said on dallascowboys.com. “But this is still his team. I’m just going to try to do my best to hold the fort down, I guess you could say — give this team a chance to succeed and win games each and every week.”

Cowboys veteran tight end Jason Witten has been impressed with Prescott.

“As a veteran, when a young player comes in here you want to show him the ropes but you also want him to earn that,” Witten told dallascowboys.com. “He’s earned it fairly quickly, and not because he’s been thrown into a situation – just because every opportunity he’s answered it, and when he hasn’t, he’s accountable for it and moves on.

“In the huddle he’s good. In meetings he’s good. Obviously his ability to make plays on the field has been really good. I’m proud of him for that and I think he’ll continue to build on that.”

— Russell Hedges, rhedges@bossierpress.com