When Tony Romo first went down with a back injury, Oct. 30 was the target date for his long-awaited return. It gave him more than eight weeks to heal and get back up to speed, which seemed reasonable.

Now that he's more than seven weeks removed from the injury, he won't be back for that final game in October … or maybe even the one after that. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Dak Prescott will start against the Eagles in Week 8 and could do the same the following week against the Browns.

#Cowboys are starting QB Dak Prescott post-bye vs #Eagles, source said. No surprise. Tony Romo may not be ready to be considered vs #Browns

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 19, 2016

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Obviously, nothing is set in stone as of now, but it's beginning to look like the Cowboys will take their time with Romo's recovery -- and wisely so. There's no sense in rushing him back or declaring a return date before they have to. And fortunately for Dallas, Prescott is playing lights out, allowing the team to be patient with No. 9.

#Cowboys, smartly, won't make a firm QB call until it's necessary. If Tony Romo isn't ready by Nov. 6 -- and he may not be -- Dak rolls on.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 19, 2016

If Romo is ready for Week 9, he'll be in the perfect situation to come back from eight weeks off. The Browns are the worst team in the league, making for an easy debut. If not, Prescott is more than capable of handling Cleveland.