Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo suffered a broken clavicle in the first half of the game last night versus the New York Giants. Typically a fractured clavicle (or collarbone) can take 6-8 weeks to heal. While it is unknown how long the Cowboys star will be sidelined, fantasy owners need to start looking elsewhere for QB help.
According to owner Jerry Jones, Romo will likely miss a minimum of 6-8 weeks and will get an MRI this week to see if surgery is required. For this type of injury, surgery is not normally required but in some severe cases is the best option.
Collarbone injuries are common in high impact sports such as hockey and skiing. They inhibit any significant movement of the arm and generally heal by themselves.
Given the poor start by the Cowboys and the unlikelihood of making the playoffs at this stage, it is plausible that we will not see Romo return until next year.
38-year old Jon Kitna will step in as the Cowboys starter, probably for the rest of the season, will attempt to do what Romo could not: string together some wins. In Dallas, there is already talk of the draft and if the season should already be considered a wash.
If there is one thing we know about the NFL, it’s that it can be very unpredictable. Dallas might find some magic in that old Kitna arm over the next few weeks.