Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo won’t require surgery on his broken collarbone and will need six to eight weeks of recovery time, leaving his return this season in question.
Romo, 30, fractured his left clavicle in the second quarter of last night’s 41-35 loss to the New York Giants when he was driven to the ground by linebacker Michael Boley after throwing a pass. Romo returned to the sideline for the second half with his non-throwing arm in a sling.
Romo, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, had a CT scan today that determined he won’t need surgery, the team said in a statement.
The 1-5 Cowboys, off to their worst start since Jerry Jones’s first year as owner in 1989, have 10 games left in the regular season. It’s not known whether Romo will return before the Cowboys end the season Jan. 2 in Philadelphia.
Backup Jon Kitna will replace Romo, who last season was the only quarterback in the NFL to take every snap for his team. Kitna, 38, threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes yesterday in his first appearance in an NFL game since Oct. 5, 2008.
“I am prepared to lead this football team for however many weeks that is,” Kitna told reporters yesterday. “It is not something that I am scared of. I wish that this opportunity didn’t come because it’s bad for Tony, it’s bad for this football team. But, it’s here and I have confidence in myself and confidence in my teammates that we’ll get some things ironed out.”
The Cowboys are in last place in their division and have already matched their five losses from last season. The 1970 Cincinnati Bengals are the only NFL team to make the playoffs after a 1-5 start.