DALLAS: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will miss the remainder of the NFL season after suffering a hairline fracture of his left collarbone, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones announced on Friday (Saturday in Manila).
A CT scan taken on Friday showed the break, but Romo will not need surgery after suffering the injury in Thursday’s 33-14 home loss to unbeaten Carolina, according to Jones.
Romo was injured on the final play of the third quarter. X-rays were taken Thursday, but they proved inconclusive.
ESPN reported Romo suffered a small crack in the healed portion of the fracture that he suffered against Philadelphia on September 20. Dallas went winless in seven games after that in which Romo did not play.
Romo, 35, went down when Carolina linebacker Thomas Davis landed on his left shoulder while sacking him. Romo stayed on the field for several minutes and was favoring his arm as he walked off.
“Obviously it doesn’t feel good,” Romo said after the game. “It was tough. I worked hard to come back and get acclimated to the game. I’m just very disappointed in not giving our team the chance to win.”
Romo completed 11 of 21 passes for 106 yards and three interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns, before getting hurt.
The Cowboys (3-8) will turn to Matt Cassel as their starter for the second time this season. Cassel completed 13 of 19 passes for 93 yards and had a two-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter for Dallas.