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Dak Prescott playing well, but Jerry Jones wants Tony Romo back ASAP

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Waddle impressed by Prescott in Cowboys' win (1:41)

Tom Waddle breaks down Dak Prescott's performance in the Cowboys' 27-23 win over the Redskins and looks ahead to Jason Garrett's decision when Tony Romo is healthy and ready to take the field. (1:41)

LANDOVER, Md. -- No matter how well Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott plays, owner Jerry Jones said that as soon as Tony Romo is ready to play he’ll be in the lineup.

Prescott, who completed 22 of 30 passes for 292 yards in the Cowboys’ 27-23 win over Washington, is starting while Romo recovers from a broken bone in his back.

“Not necessarily, not necessarily,” said Jones, when asked if Prescott’s performance would let him be patient with Romo's return.

“Tony’s situation, when he’s back, will be about whether he’s functional," Jones said. "We’re a better team. We play better.”

Jones said that Romo had a positive exam on Sunday morning. He’s expected to miss 6-10 weeks, but the Cowboys did not place him on injured reserve because that would’ve forced him to miss eight weeks. They wanted the flexibility to bring him back early, if they could, so they kept him on the active roster.

“Beginning about right now, you get over in that area of the individual’s situation and his own ability to heal and his own ability to tolerate (pain),” Jones said. “He’s in that stage right now. Hopefully, soon, he’ll be out of the danger stage relative to his spine -- probably two to three more weeks -- and we can see how far he wants to go by his own volition.”

While Prescott has played well, Jones said the offense would function at a higher level with Romo playing quarterback because of how his experience would allow him to attack defenses.

“If Tony had been there from the get-go this thing would be simple,” Jones said. “Bottom line is [Ezekiel] Elliott is impacting the defense, which says everything right there. They know it and we know it. They’re stacking it to stop him.”