It looks like the Eagles will face Tony Romo in Week 17 after all.
Romo is "expected to see game action" against the Eagles this Sunday at the Linc, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter and Todd Archer.
How much Romo plays remains to be seen. Reports surfaced Thursday that third-stringer Mark Sanchez and backup RB Darren McFadden would take the bulk of snaps for the Cowboys on Sunday. At 13-2, Dallas already has homefield advantage locked up through the Super Bowl and thus has little to play for.
But Romo does have something to play for. He's auditioning for a starting job elsewhere in 2017, and a good game might impress QB-needy teams like the Broncos, Jets, Texans or Browns.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said earlier this week that the risk of playing Romo outweighed the reward. That was a logical take considering the series of injuries, mostly back injuries, Romo has suffered in recent years. He hasn't played in a regular-season game since Thanksgiving 2015, when he broke his collarbone.
The Cowboys have not publicly disclosed their plans for Sunday. Head coach Jason Garrett has remained quiet and running back Ezekiel Elliott evaded the questions when asked earlier this week.
"We haven't decided how that's going," offensive coordinator Scott Linehan told reporters Thursday.
"It's never bad to get reps in games, but again, that question is for someone other than me. You could argue both reasons why you would or wouldn't, but we've got to go play the game. If you spend a bunch of time concerned about things that could happen negatively, you get consumed by that, but I think we do a good job and Coach Garrett does a great job of just focusing on getting ready to play and focusing on the right things, and that's what we're doing."