Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to be out 6-10 weeks with a broken bone in his back, the team announced earlier today.
This is the 3rd back related injury for the 36-year-old Romo since 2013. Last season, Romo fractured his clavicle, causing him to only play in four games.
Romo sustained the injury on the 3rd play of Dallas’ pre-season game versus the Seattle Seahawks after he was taken down in the backfield by Cliff Avril. Romo expressed relief that he was okay after the hit, but the MRI today revealed the damage was more severe.
“We’re confident that he’s going to be coming back and playing football for us this year,” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said.
The Cowboys will now turn to Dak Prescott week one to lead their offense. Prescott, who was the 135th overall pick in this years draft, has had an outstanding pre-season to this point. He has completed 39 passes in 50 attempts for 454 yards and five touchdowns.
Dallas will now be relying on a rookie quarterback in Prescott, and a rookie running back in Ezekiel Elliot.
The 36-year-old Romo has not played a full season since 2012. In 2014, when he played 15 games, Romo threw for 3,705 yards, 34 touchdowns, and only 9 interceptions.
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