LOS ANGELES: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo underwent successful left collarbone surgery on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) and is expected to need six to eight weeks recovery and treatment before returning to workouts, the NFL club said.
Romo, who turns 36 next month, has broken his left collarbone three times since 2010, twice in a two-month span last season.
Team officials have said since the 2015 season ended that surgery was not needed, with routine scans showing the bone has healed well, but the operation was seen as a preventative measure to help ensure he will not injure it yet again.
The recovery timeline would put Romo on track to return in time for the Cowboys’ offseason program in May.
Romo started four games last year, the first two Dallas games of the season and two near the US Thanksgiving holiday in late November. He completed 83 of 132 passes (68.6 percent) for 884 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions.
It was the fewest starts by Romo, who is signed through 2019, since he became the starter for the Cowboys in 2006 and Dallas won only four games, their fewest in the same span.
“I’m planning on Romo being the quarterback for the next four or five years,” Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said last month.