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Cowboys QB doesn't change Cardinals' defensive plans

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Whether the Dallas Cowboys trot out Tony Romo or Brandon Weeden at quarterback Sunday is still yet to be determined, but it doesn't matter to the Arizona Cardinals.

They expect to see the same Cowboys' offense regardless.

"They're not going to change," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. "It's not like they're all of a sudden going to go to the read option.

"It's going to be the same offense. People were asking, 'What was it like getting ready for Carson (Palmer) or Drew (Stanton)?' You get ready for what you see on film because it's very, very hard to change. You're going to stop DeMarco Murray and it doesn't matter who's throwing the ball."

The Cowboys wouldn't commit to starting Romo on Sunday. He didn't go through their jog-through on Wednesday, coach Jason Garrett said, and will continue going through rehab. Garrett labeled Romo's status as a day-to-day situation.

Romo was hurt in the third quarter of Dallas' loss Monday night when he took a knee to his surgically-repaired back from Redskins linebacker Keenan Robinson. Romo left the game but later returned.

Garrett said Romo's injury Monday night was not related to his offseason back surgery, clarifying that it was a direct result of Robinson's hit.

Asked Wednesday how he was holding up, Romo reponsded: "Oh, a box of chocolates over here."

He had a CT scan Wednesday, but said on a conference call with Arizona reporters that he's also taking it day by day.

"I think you have to just take it each day and see what you can do more the next day," Romo said.

Whether he plays Sunday will come down to his tolerance for pain and his physical abilities, Garrett said.

"He has to be able to move around and do the things he needs to do to play in a game," Garrett said. "Hopefully, as the week goes on, we'll get a better reading on how painful it is for him to be able to do what he needs to do and we'll make the right evaluation for him and for our team."

Romo said he can handle the pain. So, it'll come down how much he can do physically that will determine his status for Sunday.

If Romo can't go, Arizona will face Brandon Weeden, who saw his first action of the season Monday night during a short stint in place of Romo. He completed 4 of 6 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown.

"The one thing about Brandon, he does have a really, really strong arm," Arians said. "He can get it way down the field, as does Tony.

"There's nothing changing as far as who the quarterback is."

This game has the makings of a primetime matchup. The Cardinals are currently 6-1, their best start since 1974, and are sitting atop the NFC. The Cowboys are 6-2 and tied for second in the conference. Each leads their respective divisions.

And just because of the magnitude of the game leads Arians to believe he'll see Romo on the field Sunday.

"Oh, I would think 100 (percent)," Arians said. "He's not going to miss this game. It's too big. He's a heck of a competitor. He showed it coming back in that game."