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    Romo 'down' after suffering broken pinkie in Cowboys' OT

    Post by macbook on Mon Oct 13, 2008 3:29 pm

    Romo 'down' after suffering broken pinkie in Cowboys' OT loss

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    IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has a broken finger on his throwing hand and could be out for up to four weeks.

    Romo, who had started 30 straight regular-season games since replacing Drew Bledsoe in 2006, broke his right pinkie on the first play of overtime in a 30-24 loss at Arizona on Sunday, according to a posting on the team's official Web site. The injury will not require surgery, a member of the Cowboys' medical staff told ESPN.com's Matt Mosley.

    "We don't know how long he'll be out," coach Wade Phillips said Monday. "It depends on how fast that heals."

    The injury leaves the Cowboys (4-2) with 40-year-old Brad Johnson as the starter. Johnson, who won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay, hasn't started a game since 2006 in Minnesota.

    The Cowboys had no plans Monday to sign a veteran quarterback or trade for one before Tuesday's trade deadline, a team source told ESPN's Michael Smith.

    Romo missed on three straight passes to start the overtime, having passed for 321 yards and three touchdowns despite heavy pressure. He was sacked three times and knocked down 19 times.

    "He obviously had trouble throwing there in that last drive in overtime," Phillips said.

    Romo, whose hand was heavily wrapped after the game, fumbled three times Sunday, losing one, but didn't throw an interception for the first time in the last nine games.

    The Cowboys quarterback was feeling "down" about the injury, a source close to Romo who had spoken with him Monday told ESPN's Ed Werder, though he likely will miss only three games, with the Cowboys' bye week coming four weeks from this past Sunday.

    The Cowboys travel to St. Louis to play the Rams this Sunday before hosting the Buccaneers and playing the Giants at the Meadowlands.

    Romo and agent Ken Kremer were in the process Monday of determining whether they will seek a second opinion from a specialist.

    Through Sunday's games, Romo ranked second in NFC passing with a 103.5 rating. He has thrown for 14 touchdowns and been intercepted five times. He had his team-record 14th career 300-yard passing game Sunday in his 32nd start. That broke a tie with Troy Aikman, whose 13 were accomplished in 165 starts.

    In 2007, his first full season as a starter, Romo led the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, best in the NFC. He set team records with 335 completions for 4,211 yards and 36 touchdowns, including the team-record 15 receiving by Terrell Owens, in a season that ended with a loss to the Giants in the first round of the playoffs.

    Johnson quarterbacked the Buccaneers to the NFL championship in 2002. He has been Romo's backup since last season and threw only 11 passes in 2007.

    Johnson, in his second year as Cowboys backup, has only seen brief mop-up duty in Dallas, going 7-for-11 for 79 yards. Before coming to Dallas, Johnson started 122 of his 145 career games with Minnesota (1993-98, 2005-06), Washington (1999-2000) and Tampa Bay (2001-04).

    Johnson has completed 2,627 of 4,248 career passes (61.8 percent) for 28,627 yards with 164 touchdowns and 117 interceptions. He passed for 2,750 yards in 2006 with nine TDs and 15 interceptions -- only the third time in his career with more interceptions than TDs.

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    Re: Romo 'down' after suffering broken pinkie in Cowboys' OT

    Post by littleMac on Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:09 pm

    this definitely isn't good, i hope he can recover quickly

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    Re: Romo 'down' after suffering broken pinkie in Cowboys' OT

    Post by Cinderella on Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:26 pm

    i hope so too. its crazy to think a broken finger could put you out for that long.
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    Re: Romo 'down' after suffering broken pinkie in Cowboys' OT

    Post by macbook on Mon Oct 13, 2008 7:49 pm

    well, it's hard to throw a ball with a broken finger
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    Re: Romo 'down' after suffering broken pinkie in Cowboys' OT

    Post by dmxplosive on Wed Oct 15, 2008 2:24 pm

    not good for the cowboys
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    Re: Romo 'down' after suffering broken pinkie in Cowboys' OT

    Post by blade on Tue Oct 21, 2008 12:08 am

    cowboys are hurting right now


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