The Dallas Cowboys may very well be without quarterback Tony Romo when they put their season on the line this upcoming Sunday, and that has prompted the team to quickly look for a new backup. Kyle Orton is expected to get the start in place of Romo if he indeed cannot play but with only Romo and Orton on the roster, a third quarterback is a requirement, not a choice.
According to multiple reports including ProFootballTalk, the Cowboys are bringing in both David Carr and John Skelton for workouts this week to see which one they want to sign as Sunday’s backup.
There’s a good chance that other quarterbacks are brought in, but don’t expect Vince Young or Tim Tebow to be getting calls like Twitter is calling for. Carr and Skelton are significant upgrades from both quarterbacks but that doesn’t mean the choice is just down to those two guys. Dallas doesn’t have a lot of time to ponder their decision but bringing in the quarterbacks heavily implies that Romo is indeed out on Sunday.
Orton will start regardless of whether Skelton or Carr is brought in, barring some sort of freak incident during the week. But the Cowboys having to bring in a failed No. 1 draft pick and a guy who can’t hold a roster spot and calling them up before a game that decides their season personifies the type of year it’s been for Dallas.