Monday, September 21, 2015
Dallas Cowboys Search for Answers After Tony Romo Injury
Dealing a major blow to the Dallas Cowboys, their star quarterback Tony Romo left Sunday’s 20-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles with a broken left clavicle. He did not return and may be out for an extended amount of time.
Leading by 13-0 in the third quarter, Romo was caught in the backfield by Fletcher Cox and Jordan Hicks. The ball was knocked out, and Hicks came down hard on Romo’s throwing shoulder, driving his other shoulder into the ground.
Romo was seen walking off the field favoring his left (non-throwing) arm as he went to the locker room for x-rays. Derek Eagleton, the senior director of media and programming for the Cowboys, later announced on Twitter that Romo had sustained a fractured clavicle, with the team’s main Twitter account retweeting the post.
The injury is not unfamiliar to Romo as he broke his left clavicle in a loss to the Giants in October 2010. He missed the final 10 games of the season after the injury.
In a postgame interview, Romo said he expected to be back this season, saying “I’ve had it before so we’ll deal with it and move on.”
Prior to the injury, Romo had been playing well, completing 18 of 27 passes for 195 yards. His injury, combined with earlier reports that Dez Bryant’s foot surgery was more involved than initially expected, has the Cowboys’ once-promising season in jeopardy despite a 2-0 start. Bryant, whose surgery unexpectedly included a bone graft, is expected to miss 10 to 12 weeks. Romo’s official status is expected to be announced tomorrow.
The Cowboys do not have a third quarterback on the roster, so the team will presumably be on the market for a veteran backup. Speculation about a possible big-name replacement has been rampant on social media.
For now, the Cowboys’ starting quarterback is Brandon Weeden. A first round pick by the Cleveland Browns in 2012, Weeden entered Sunday’s game with 26 career touchdown passes and 28 interceptions in 28 games. He did well, completing all seven of his passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in relief of Romo.