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August 16, 2013

Tony Romo expected to play "15 or so" plays against the Cardinals

Tony Romo will play "15 or so" plays in Saturday's preseason game against the Cardinals before turning it over to the backup quarterbacks.

"It depends how it goes," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "We have kind of a play idea for the starters and Romo is a part of that. Fifteen or so ball plays, and we’ll see what happens. It might turn into 20 if they’re really good. It might be less than that. I anticipate him probably playing into the second quarter."

Romo didn't play in the Hall of Fame Game. He played 14 plays last week against the Raiders.

In his second preseason game last season, Romo played the first quarter. He got in 20 snaps, leading the Cowboys to a field goal.

Terrance Williams and David Arkin will be among the starters who will get more snaps.

Williams, a rookie, will make his preseason debut after missing the first two games with a concussion. The Cowboys are counting on him as their third receiver this season.

"It’s been disappointing for him that he hasn’t been able to play in the first two games, but he’ll get some action in this ball game, probably more action than some of the other starting type players will," Garrett said. "He’ll play a little bit longer just because he missed the first two weeks."

Arkin will start in place of Ron Leary, who had successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Friday morning. The Cowboys are without their top two left tackles in Leary and Livings, who had left knee surgery two weeks ago. 

"Ark is going to play a lot in this ball game," Garrett said. "Ron Leary had surgery this morning and we felt like the surgery went well. It was a scope. We don’t think it’s a major, major thing. We think he’s going to be back in a couple of weeks, but it gives a guy like Arkin a lot of opportunities both in practice and in games to show what he can do."

-- Charean Williams

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