Dak Prescott: ‘This is Romo’s team’

Dak Prescott knows his role on the Dallas Cowboys, and he’s secure with it.

So he’s polite, but he doesn’t care what you think about his future when Tony Romo eventually returns. Or what fans on social media think. Or what talking heads in the media think.

When the broken bone in Romo’s back heals and he’s ready to play, whenever that is, Prescott will happily return the starting job to the 36-year-old veteran.

“This is Romo’s team. I’ve said that from the moment that I was named the starter and he went down,” Prescott said Monday after a Play 60 outing with fourth-graders at Pearcy Elementary.

“I’m just trying to do my best to win games and put this team in a successful position to do that, week in and week out. And when he comes back, I’ll leave that up to the big guys.”

Any talk about a quarterback controversy is folly. Jerry Jones is already wondering how much pain Romo can tolerate so he can get the quarterback back in the lineup ASAP.

Peterson, of course, played half the 2012 season with a sports hernia, running for 2,097 yards and winning league MVP honors in a year when he’d already made a stirring recovery from a torn ACL. It wouldn’t be beyond the realm of possibility he could play with the injury, depending on how severe it is and how much pain he’s willing to tolerate.

Peterson and the Vikings will sift through their options in the coming days, and as of Monday, Zimmer wasn’t willing to rule out the possibility of Peterson playing Sunday against Carolina. Whether he’s back within a week or two, or whether he’s gone for much of the regular season, will hinge on the decisions Peterson and the Vikings make in the coming days.

Jets Nation was aglow last Thursday night when the team scored four touchdowns, 37 points, and generated 493 total yards to defeat the Buffalo Bills, but that was a mere bottle rocket compared to the full fireworks display from 30 years ago. The ’86 gang also scored four touchdowns.

In the second quarter.

Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick is smart, but he didn’t study sliding at Harvard

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — It’s not often a man with a Harvard degree tells the world he needs to be smarter on the job.

Then again, it’s not often a man with a Harvard degree has a job in which he’s chased by 300-pound guys with foul intentions.

Welcome to Ryan Fitzpatrick’s dilemma: To slide or not to slide?

If it persists, maybe Bowles should hire New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi to give a sliding tutorial. That’s what Rex Ryan did in 2009, when Mark Sanchez was struggling with his sliding technique.

A source, however, described Luck being limited in practice as nothing more than making sure he’s fresh and ready for the Week 1 game against the Detroit Lions.

The Colts have been overly cautious with their $140 million quarterback since the start of the preseason. Coach Chuck Pagano didn’t play him in their first preseason game against the Buffalo Bills and he took him out of the third preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles sooner than he originally planned because of poor offensive line play.

The Colts released the injury report after Pagano addressed the media.

Titans slot receiver Kendall Wright will not play in Sunday’s season opener against the Vikings.

Wright hurt his left hamstring a couple of days into camp and had a setback last week, when he attempted to return.

“Kendall, you think he’s got a chance and then there is a setback,” coach Mike Mularkey said. “I really have no time frame on Kendall. I think that’s going to be up to Kendall. I know he’s working in here extremely hard. He wants to play, I know he does, it’s got to be killing him, especially opening day. But for some reason, that thing is not coming around as it should.”

The Titans have rookie Tajae Sharpe and Rishard Matthews as starters, with Harry Douglas working in the slot with Wright absent.

Mularkey said the Titans would also work newcomer Marc Mariani in the slot and have Andre Johnson and Matthews prepared to kick inside if needed.