A visual look at Romo's L1 compression fracture (1:56)
Elliott on marijuana store visit: 'It was a bad decision' (0:24)
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The silver lining for the Cowboys

Yes, Tony Romo is hurt once again, but it could be worse. Fourth-round rookie Dak Prescott has dazzled in the preseason, accounting for seven of the team's nine touchdowns.

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Tough act to follow (again) for Denver

The 2016 Broncos will become the sixth Super Bowl champion to start a different QB the following Week 1. Three of the previous teams ('71 Colts, '72 Cowboys, '01 Ravens) went on to win at least one playoff game, but the '99 Broncos fell to 6-10.

Todd Archer ESPN Staff Writer 

For those counting out Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo now that he is dealing with a compression fracture in his back, Jason Witten offers up some caution: "He's had a great offseason, he's built on a lot of those things. He had his best season after the back injury '13 going into '14. People are going to bet against him, that's fine, and I don't think that's unfair to do so. But if you know what he's about, which everybody in this building does, he's going to be back sooner than probably expected and he'll play better than anybody thought he would because I know that's what he's about. He's going to prepare himself. This is a minor setback for him, and he's done it his entire life and that gives us all a lot of confidence."

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Experts can't agree on playoff teams

Mark Schlabach and Brett McMurphy project four entirely different teams to make the College Football Playoff. They only agree on one thing: the Pac-12 will be left out again. Bowl projections

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If Trevor Siemian, Jimmy Garoppolo and Dak Prescott all start Week 1, it will be the first time since 2001 that 3 QBs drafted outside the 1st round will all make their first career start in a season opener, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Ezekiel Elliott for MVP? It could happen

Elliott has been a popular choice for Offensive Rookie of the Year. But one of our experts thinks Elliott could be an MVP candidate if he can carry the offense in Tony Romo's absence. Insider predictions

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December headline: Better luck in Big 12?

Remember when the Big 12 thought it might lock up half of the four-team playoff field but was shut out entirely? This time, Ryan McGee predicts a better outcome. McGee: Late-season headlines

Dak Prescott is ready for prime time (0:44)

Max Olson ESPN Staff Writer 

Charlie Strong won't announce his decision for the Texas quarterback competition. "I know who we're gonna start," Strong said. "Sunday, we'll see who runs out there." He has said senior Tyrone Swoopes and freshman Shane Buechele will both play against the Irish.

Prescott not feeling pressure filling in for Romo (1:33)
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Rangers rise in Power Rankings

After beating the Indians in three of four, Texas is now the No. 1 AL team in our rankings. Even if the Rangers played .500 baseball the rest of the way, they'd finish with at least 92 wins. Week 21 Power Rankings

SportsCenter pokes fun at Beltran for hair fiasco (1:17)

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Charlie Strong added he won't be naming a QB starter before the Notre Dame game.