Testaverde will start the season finale against the New York Giants on Sunday night, after Parcells again opted for his 41-year-old veteran over his two young quarterbacks. Rookie Drew Henson has been elevated to backup again as the flip-flopping behind Testaverde continues. Parcells said he would like to get Henson in the game.
Parcells said the same thing last week, wanting to get then-No. 2 Tony Romo in against Washington, but Romo did not play. Henson will receive one-third of the practice repetitions this week. Romo has been moved to scout team quarterback.
"If the opportunity comes, I'll play him," Parcells said of Henson. "Again, I'm open-minded about using him at quarterback if the opportunity comes along."
The opportunity would likely have to be a big Cowboys lead against the Giants, who defeated Dallas 26-10 on Oct. 10.
"I know if they get in, the experience will be good for them," Testaverde said. "The way to get them in is to go out and play well, beat a team by enough points that the coach would put somebody else in there, but it hasn't worked out this year."
Henson, who started and played a half against Chicago on Thanksgiving Day because of an injury to Testaverde, is coming off what Parcells called his best week of practice working with the scout team.
"It was a good week," Henson said. "I don't know why it felt different. I've been throwing a lot, and it's been a long season. (I'm) just continuing to get comfortable especially with the stuff that we're doing."
Parcells said he views Romo, in his second year, and Henson differently. Romo has not thrown a pass in a regular-season game.
"I think one guy probably needs more of something, and another guy needs more of something else," Parcells said. "I don't see both in the same spot right this minute."
Romo, an undrafted free agent, doesn't believe the demotion is a signal to his status entering the offseason.
"I don't think this week makes any cases to what the future holds. It's all going to come down to the next offseason and next training camp to see who the guy is going to be," Romo said.
Henson could play opposite Giants rookie quarterback Eli Manning, whom coach Tom Coughlin thrust into the lineup and will be making his seventh start. Henson started one game this season.
"This is the path that I've been given, and I know that it's going to help me one way or another," Henson said.
Former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman believes Dallas is providing a sign to where the organization is headed next season. Aikman started his rookie year and was battered but recovered.
"I would guess that based on the decisions that have been made here this year that it's the organization's belief that neither Tony Romo or Drew Henson will be the quarterback for this team next season.
"If that's the case, then you play the guy that gives you the best chance to win and make the best of a bad year and then adjust it in the offseason."
But if the Cowboys think Romo and Henson are the future, Aikman said a valuable opportunity has been lost.
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