Some may find it amusing that since Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys broke his clavicle during a losing game against the New York Giants, Internet users are not searching Tony Romo as much as the word clavicle.
In fact, most of the people reading this are doing so not because they care about Tony Romo and an end to his football season, but because they want to know what a clavicle is and perhaps how it’s broken.
For the curious, a clavicle is the bone running between shoulder and breastbone, at the very top of the upper extremities. It’s also known as the collarbone. Here is an excellent picture of a human clavicle. The clavicle is one of the most commonly fractured bones because it is so close to the skin and takes little pressure to fracture. The S shape of the human clavicle makes its weak spot exactly where it is likely to take a hit. This protects the internal organs, but can also mean skin punctures and nerve damage. In most cases, a clavicle fracture means no more than a sling and several weeks of rest, though severe clavicle fractures can require surgery.
What it means for Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys
For Tony Romo, this means several weeks out of commission. Troy Aikman lost only five weeks to a similar injury, but football fans shouldn’t get their hopes up. A CAT scan should show the true extent of the injury, but a quick recovery is unlikely. In fact, according to one CBS Sports analysis, fantasy football players should leave poor Tony Romo and his fractured clavicle on the bench, where he spent the remainder of The Dallas vs. Giants football game.
Now Dallas football fans turn to Jon Kitna with his whole clavicle but apparently broken reputation. According to the Dallas News, Jon Kitna is just a guy. The Dallas News article goes so far as to call the Dallas Cowboy’s season officially over, despite the faith of Cowboy receiver Roy Williams since Jon Kitna is not up to the challenge.
Of football and rugby
Personally, I have little interest is sports in general, and none in football whatsoever. I am a member of that segment of society that believes that if grown men such as Tony Romo want to hurl themselves together at velocity and break a clavicle and everything else, they should try rugby. It’s a standing joke among rugby players that American football players are too afraid to play without armor. In fact, rugby players don’t generally sustain more injuries than American football players. Since armor didn’t save Tony Romo and his clavicle anyway, they may have a point.