While the Dallas Cowboys’ hopes for this season may have been dealt a major blow last week when they discovered that Dez Bryant would be out for 10 to 12 weeks, any playoff aspirations are all but destroyed now, as star quarterback Tony Romo is out for an expected eight weeks with a fractured collarbone.
Romo suffered the injury against the Philadelphia Eagles in the third quarter of the game.
Romo, 35, has actually suffered a similar injury before, as in the 2010 season, he broke his collarbone against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. He was placed on the Injured Reserve and was replaced by Jon Kitna for the rest of the season.
Last season, Romo threw for 3,705 yards with 34 touchdowns and only nine interceptions, en route to being a part of the Pro Bowl.
Romo holds several of Dallas’ career records including career passing yards, touchdown passes, and the single season records for passing yards, passing touchdowns, and completions.
With Romo out, former Cleveland Browns’ first round pick Brandon Weeden expects to fill in as the starting quarterback for the Cowboys.
Weeden was the 22nd pick of the 2012 NFL Draft and has not yet lived up to his lofty expectations since coming out of Oklahoma State University. In 21 starts with the Browns and Cowboys, Weeden has thrown for 5,116 yards with 23 touchdowns and 26 interceptions.
While Weeden may be able to turn his career around and be productive for the Cowboys, losing a Pro Bowl quarterback in Romo hurts the Cowboys’ playoff hopes tremendously.