A clavicle fracture is among the most painful injuries for quarterbacks. But a clavicle fracture was all that was missing from Tony Romo’s painful year. The Cowboys’ 1-4 start left Romo on the brink of his worst year yet, as hopes of playing a Super Bowl at home were fading fast. For that matter, their last hope to stay in the playoff chase may have been their Monday night against the Giants. Everything was going well for Romo at first, but his clavicle fracture soon became the symbol of a lost night and a lost season.
In the first quarter, the Cowboys and Romo had high hopes, as Eli Manning gave up two early interceptions. A quick 10-0 lead made Dallas believe that this night could turn their season around. Yet in the second quarter, Romo and the Cowboys had everything fall apart.
Romo’s clavicle fractured on his left side after a hit by Giants’ linebacker Michael Boley. The Cowboys’ defense line never touched Boley in the latest self-inflicted error from this abysmal season. Once Romo went out, veteran backup Jon Kitna went in, triggering an offensive drought from Dallas.
While the Cowboys’ offense stalled without Romo, Manning and the Giants woke up just in time. Although New York was down by 20-7 in the second quarter, the Giants scored the next 31 points in the game. By the end of the run, Dallas looked every bit like the 1-5 team that they are, if not worse.
After the 41-35 loss, news about the clavicle fracture did not lighten the mood. At the least, Romo is scheduled to be out for six weeks. At the most, he may be out for 8-10 weeks, and there are only 10 weeks left in the regular season.
If Romo is out for eight weeks, he can still return in the final two games of the year. But it now looks all but certain that Dallas will have nothing to play for by then. If that’s the case, then there may be little point in bringing Romo back for garbage time.
But even if the 2010 Cowboys season is finished by then, Romo might still try to get some playing time in anyway to prepare for 2011. A clavicle fracture is not an easy injury to come back from, and he will need all the help he can get. Given how terrible this season has turned out, he will be under that much more pressure in 2011 to turn things back around.
However, Romo actually has to heal first to make sure his career has a chance to bounce back. Meanwhile, thanks to the clavicle fracture and the 1-5 start, the Cowboys are now just killing time until Romo’s comeback.
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