Tony Romo will not be active Sunday when the Cowboys travel to Cleveland, but Jerry Jones says he can see the franchise quarterback returning to the lineup "in the near future."

What does he need to do to be able to start an NFL game?

"He needs to feel better," the Cowboys owner and general manager said Friday on 105.3 The Fan's G-Bag Nation show [KRLD-FM]. "He needs to have his back as strong as it can possibly be. He's ahead of where he came back and played last year. But we need to see more. The whole point is, there's no need not to see more as we sit here today. This thing is about need, need as it relates to winning the game.

"So when I look ahead, we could be in one of the most unique positions that I've ever heard about and that is to have Dak [Prescott] playing at a top level and then have Tony Romo behind him that if you walked out there and watched him at practice then you'd say, 'Boy, we've got to get him in games.' I'm talking Romo."