Cowboys Playoff Hopes Take Hit With Romo Injury
The Dallas Cowboys have been here before, but that doesn’t make it any easier. For the second time in his career, Dallas starting quarterback Tony Romo has broken his clavicle and will miss a large portion of the Cowboys’ 2015 NFL season.
Romo was crushed on a hit during Sunday’s week two win over the Philadelphia Eagles and immediately exited the game in obvious pain. Romo was quickly diagnosed with a broken clavicle and on Monday the team will likely place their star quarterback on designated for return/injured reserve.
Source says if CT scan confirms initial diagnosis, #Cowboys likely to place Tony Romo on IR-Designated To Return.
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) September 21, 2015
Romo’s broken collarbone will keep him off the field for at least the next two months, while the I.R. designation for return tag would keep him inactive for the next eight weeks. Romo could still be unable to return after his time on the injured reserve list is up, but he would be significantly closer to 100%.
Romo’s previous collarbone injury knocked him out of the remainder of his 2010 season. However, he had already played six games and the Cowboys fell apart after he went down. This time around, the injury happened very early in the year and there should be plenty of time for Romo to make a full recovery.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers dealt with this same issue back in 2013, when he broke his clavicle in week eight but with Green Bay in playoff contention, stormed back for the week 17 season finale.
Romo is in a much better spot, which should ensure he returns this year and gives the Cowboys a shot to still win the division and/or sneak into the playoffs. From there, anything can happen.
Romo will first need to undergo a CT scan on Monday to verify the injury and also to make sure no muscle damage occurred during the injury. Luckily the broken clavicle in to Romo’s non-throwing shoulder, so time off for the next eight weeks would leave him plenty healthy for roughly a week 10 return.
All is Not Lost
On the surface, Dallas obviously is dealing with a big blow here. Not only did superstar wide receiver Dez Bryant go down to a foot injury just a week ago, but now their field general is out. Romo isn’t down for the count, though, while there is a lot Dallas can tentatively hang their hat on.
For one, they’re 2-0 in a division with three teams that don’t look very scary right now. The Washington Redskins are currently their main competition at 1-1, while the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles are both 0-2 and look completely lost.
Dallas also remains a balanced offense that wanted to run the ball anyways, so Romo’s injury will naturally put a bigger focus on that than ever. Backup quarterback Brandon Weeden isn’t an ideal starter, but he has experience leading a team and has been in the Dallas system for two years. He’s as close to competent as a backup can be usually, and if he plays within himself and the system, he might not be half bad.
Let’s not make any mistake about it: If Bryant and Romo can’t return, Dallas isn’t going anywhere in 2015. Betting on them to win it all or even secure the division is a huge risk. That being said, both Bryant and Romo should be back in 2015, and when they return, there’s a decent chance the Cowboys are either still at the top of the division or within striking distance. That’s about all Dallas fans can ask for right about now.
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