Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo picked up an injury during his team's 20-10 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles which could see him sidelined for over half the season.
Romo left the game during the third quarter of the Cowboys win last night with a fracture to his collarbone and did not return to the field. During the play which caused the injury he was sacked by Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks.
Preliminary injury reports state the four-time Pro Bowler could miss from eight to ten weeks of action, but the 35-year-old will have further tests to evaluate his injury fully later today.
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These tests, including a CT scan according to a Cowboys official via ESPN, will determine whether or not Romo needs surgery.
Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio: "We have to determine how much muscle damage there is in the shoulder. Then we will have a better idea on the length of time he will miss."
Romo has gone through the same injury before and knew what it was as soon as he went down. He suffered the same injury back in week seven of 2010 which forced him to miss the rest of the season. The Cowboys ended up going 6-10 that year.
Romo said: "I felt it. It had a little bit of a pop to it. Obviously, I've felt it before. Your body goes into a little bit of shock and you just have to wait it out for a second to come back."
We'll receive an updated timetable of Romo's return once he has further tests today. At the earliest, if he was to return in eight weeks, he could play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
But for the time being, he is now the second highly regarded injured player of the Cowboys to be injured, after wide receiver Dez Bryant picked up a foot injury last weekend against the New York Giants. He is expected to be out for six weeks but could need longer.
Going forward, the Cowboys will start Brandon Weeden under center for their week three game against the Atlanta Falcons.